Woman killed by boyfriend's suicide attempt, court hears

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 21 May, 1999, 12:00am

A desperate man's attempt to gas himself ended up killing his girlfriend in a sudden explosion, a court heard yesterday.

Yeung Chun-yee tried to kill himself in the bathroom of his flat by cutting the gas pipe connected to the water heater, the District Court heard.

As he was waiting to die, his girlfriend, Ng Lok-lin, opened the door and the heater exploded.

Ng, 28, died of severe burns three weeks after the accident on May 21 last year.

Yeung, 31, suffered first and second-degree burns to 45 per cent of his body and was in hospital for more than a month, prosecutor Vincent Wong said.

Yeung yesterday admitted recklessly endangering the life of Ng and damaging the property of the Tuen Mun flat, which he rented.

Under caution, Yeung told police he intended to commit suicide by inhaling thinner before stabbing himself to death with a pair of scissors.

But he mistook a bottle of kerosene for thinner and failed to kill himself.

Yeung then changed his plan by cutting the wires at the bottom of the heater and pulled off the copper tubing before lying in the bathtub waiting to be gassed.

Suddenly, Ng opened the door and the heater exploded.

The court heard that another tenant and her young daughter were asleep in the flat but escaped injury.

Judge Bernard Whaley adjourned sentencing until June 3 for reports.