Oil attack led to suicide bid, says writ
A food hawker tried to kill herself after a business rival threw a pan of hot oil in her face, a writ for damages has claimed.
Ho Shuk-chun said she was scarred physically and mentally by an attack which put her in hospital for eight days.
Her injuries also placed a strain on her marriage, the writ said. 'If not for the incident, she could have been well-off in her life, and the marital tension could have been eased. The loss of the business has shattered her simple life.' Ms Ho said an argument broke out with the wife of Choy Wai-ming on September 24, 1995, when Mr Choy's wife accused Ms Ho's daughters of following her as she delivered food to customers of their Mongkok stall.
The writ said Mr Choy joined the argument 'with a pan full of hot oil in his hand' and without warning threw it at Ms Ho.
She had suffered second-degree burns, scarring her face, chest and back. She was also hurt as she fell and broke a tooth.
During a bout of depression which stemmed from the attack, Ms Ho tried to kill herself by jumping from a ledge, the writ said.