Police send boy who allegedly attacked mother with chopper to reformatory

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 May, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 6.01pm:
Police have sent a 10-year-old boy - who allegedly used a chopper to wound his mother after she tried to stop him playing computer games - to a reformatory, local media reported on Wednesday.

But police said they had no plans to prosecute the boy, although he has been at an age that binds him to bear criminal responsibility under Hong Kong law, local radio reported on Wednesday.

The attack took place on Tuesday afternoon when the boy had returned from school to his family's flat in Fuk Wa Street in Cheung Sha Wan. He quarrelled with his sister after she barred him from playing computer games in her bedroom and locked the door to do homework, the Apple Daily reported.

When his 41-year-old mother appeared, the primary school boy became enraged. He rushed to the kitchen and picked up a chopper to attack her with, the newspaper reported.

The mother suffered a three-inch cut wound to one arm. She was sent to hospital for treatment and was later discharged, the Apple Daily reported.

The boy had come from the mainland for a few years, the newspaper said.

Local radio reported that this was the fourth time the boy had assaulted his mother. His family did not report the previous three incidents to police.

The Social Welfare Department said on Wednesday it would conduct an assessment on the boy's mental condition and seek information on his relations with his family.