A RESTAURANT worker who garrotted a colleague with electrical cable has been convicted of attempted murder.

A RESTAURANT worker who garrotted a colleague with electrical cable has been convicted of attempted murder.

Shi Fu Ni attacked his friend Le Lin for fear he would go to police to report an alleged sex attack in November of last year.

A jury at Cambridge Crown Court found Ni guilty of attempted murder, but cleared him of attempting to rape the woman. The jury will today (Friday) continue to consider its verdict on a charge of sexual assault.

Mr Lin was attacked after intervening in the alleged sexual assault at a restaurant near St Ives, hearing screams from the woman and taking Ni back to his room.

During the trial, the court heard that before Ni attacked Mr Lin, he told him: "I'm afraid you will report me to the police. Sorry."

An electrical cable was wrapped around Mr Lin's neck and pulled tight, until Mr Lin lost consciousness.

Mr Lin was revived by the woman but collapsed again, and was found with blood dripping from his mouth when police arrived.

Ni ran from police officers, but was found hiding under a bush.

Ni said he had been drinking heavily on the night, and had no memory of either his attack on Mr Lin or the alleged sexual assault on the woman.