Woman knifed in highway robbery

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 15 November, 1997, 12:00am

A woman was stabbed in the shoulder and her businessman husband bashed with a hammer in a vicious daylight robbery yesterday.

Robbers in two cars forced the 43-year-old camera shop owner's van off a Sheung Shui slip road as he drove to the bank with his week's takings. One robber was in the car which pulled up in front of the van and three were in the car behind.

The robbers smashed the van's windows and pressed a knife to the man's throat while his wife, 40, was stabbed twice in the shoulder with a butcher's knife. The man's sister, 33, was also in the van.

The robbers hit the man across the legs with a hammer as they demanded the cash. They took bags containing $400,000 and $490,000, but the man managed to hang on to a bag with another $400,000.

The robbers escaped in one car. The abandoned vehicle was found to have been stolen from Sheung Shui on October 30.

Another motorist was also forced off the road when his car became wedged between the van and the robbers' rear car. He was badly shaken after witnessing the incident.

An off-duty policewoman came across the scene and raised the alarm.

A police spokesman last night said the robbers must have known the route the shop owner took to the bank each week.

His wife was taken to Prince of Wales Hospital where she was last night in a stable condition. The sister suffered cuts to her hands caused by broken glass.