Wife bashed with hammer after row over divorce

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 June, 2006, 12:00am

A woman was knocked unconscious with a hammer during a dispute with her husband in Tin Shui Wai yesterday.

Her husband, 56, was arrested after he called police following the attack. He was detained last night at Yuen Long police station for questioning.

The couple had taken scrap metal to a recycling plant at Deep Bay Road in Mong Tseng Wai at 1.30pm when they began arguing about whether to get a divorce, police said.

'During the heated argument, the man allegedly hit her head with a hammer several times,' a police spokeswoman said.

Emergency crews arrived to find the woman, 44, lying unconscious on the ground inside the plant, bleeding from the head. She was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital, where she had surgery.

The couple live with their children in a public housing estate in Tin Shui Wai. Police said they collected scrap metal and sold it to the recycling plant to make a living. Detectives from Yuen Long district crime squad are investigating.

The number of spouse-battering cases rose to 3,598 last year, a 6.7 per cent rise from 3,371 in 2004, figures from the Social Welfare Department show.

The Yuen Long district, which includes Tin Shui Wai, topped the list with 581 cases.

The department last year added two family service centres to Yuen Long and created a special team to serve families.

Early this month, Police Commissioner Dick Lee Ming-kwai said there had been a slight increase in reports of domestic violence this year compared with the same period last year. He attributed the rise to increasing public awareness.