Police arrest suspect in hammer killing of 76-year-old

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 August, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 August, 2005, 12:00am

Updated at 6.40pm:
Police on Wednesday arrested an elderly man suspected of killing a 76-year-old man with a hammer in a Chai Wan estate last week.

The motive for such a savage attack on a senior citizen had baffled and frightened local residents.

Police superintendent Albert Chan Kin-hung said on Thursday the suspect was arrested at his home at Tsui Wan Estate in Chai Wan. He is now in custody pending further investigations.

The man is 75-years-old. He was also arrested in connection with two other attacks on elderly men that occurred on June 29 and July 14 in the district.

Mr Chan said more than 10 hammers were seized in his home. One was stained with blood. Police officers also found a bloodstained T-shirt.

Initial investigations showed the three assaults related to love affair disputes involving a 50-year-old woman.

Mr Chan revealed that the woman was a friend of the suspect for some 20 years. She had also helped in police investigations. The other two male victims were also friends of the suspect for a few years.

Mr Chan said police believe the suspect carried out the attacks deliberately. But they have not yet confirmed his mental condition - although he does not have a history of mental illnesses.

Earlier this month, the 76-year-old victim, Kong Hung-biu, was sitting alone on a bench outside the estate's shopping centre. He had just had breakfast at a dim sum restaurant.

He was then attacked by a man wielding a hammer. The man's faced was covered with a green surgical mask. He struck Kong many times on the head and chest.

Kong, bleeding from the head, lost consciousness before ambulance officers arrived. He later died in hospital. The assault had smashed his skull.

Witnesses said the culprit coolly put the bloodstained hammer into a plastic bag and walked away.