Suicide leap after stabbing

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 November, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 November, 1997, 12:00am
 

A cleaner leapt to his death yesterday after stabbing a colleague who touched his statue of Kwan Tai, the god of war.


Chu Hack-shan, 55, attacked the 45-year-old cleaning woman with a beef knife after she touched the statue he worshipped at the Urban Services rubbish collection point opposite Block 22, Tung Tau Estate, Kowloon City.


The woman, whose name has not yet been released, was in a poor condition last night in Queen Elizabeth Hospital.


Chu ran off to Block 22 after the stabbing.


The Kowloon City divisional commander, Superintendent Leung Hung-wai, said the man told a resident to stay away before he climbed over the railings and jumped from the fifth-floor corridor.


He was taken unconscious to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and certified dead half an hour later.


Mr Leung said the man apparently felt guilty after injuring his colleague and he committed suicide.


Kwan Tai is the patron of pawnshops, restaurants and merchants, as well as police.


He is the model of loyalty and courage, a perfect incarnation of the spirit of chivalry, impetuous, commanding and immensely strong.


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