Murdered mother-of-three was stabbed with umbrella

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 June, 2006, 12:00am

A 40-year-old man was last night arrested in connection with the discovery of the battered body of a woman with a broken umbrella stabbed into her abdomen at a reservoir in Tuen Mun yesterday.

The body of Tam Yiu-so, 36, a divorced mother of three young children, was found with multiple injuries, including facial and head wounds, at the Tuen Mun Service Reservoir off Castle Peak Road.

She was found at 8.30am, face down on a concrete path, by a man arriving for work at a nearby kiosk.

'Her left forearm was trapped under a 30cm by 60cm concrete slab. The slab was quite heavy,' a police source said. 'There were a number of injuries to her face, head and left ear, which were probably caused by a hard object.'

The source said there was a sign of struggle as blood was found on the ground, as well as two bloodstained and broken umbrellas, with part of one stuck in the woman's stomach.

Initial examination showed that the woman had been dead for 12 to 24 hours. A police spokeswoman said a postmortem examination would be carried out today. 'A belt was detached from the victim's handbag and was found at the scene, but her handbag containing her wallet and identity card were missing,' the source said.

The victim was identified by a telephone bill she carried with her. The source said Tam came from the mainland about three years ago and divorced last year.

She lived in Grandeur Terrace in Tin Shui Wai with her three young children. Officers are looking into her background and whether she had a boyfriend.

Police found that the woman went to a shopping centre in Tuen Mun on Wednesday afternoon with an unidentified middle-aged man.

'She was accompanied by a middle-aged man while shopping. We are still trying to establish the identity of the man,' another source said, adding there was evidence he was her former husband.

'We believe the woman arrived at the service reservoir in the evening on Wednesday,' the source added.

The identity of the arrested man was not released and it was not known whether he was the middle-aged man seen shopping with the dead woman. Police said items belonging to the woman were found at the arrested man's home in Tuen Mun.

It was the second homicide in Hong Kong in a week.

Last Thursday, Wong Lam, 37, was found dead in bed in her one-woman brothel in Shamshuipo after a fire was detected in the flat. A postmortem examination showed she was strangled.

A 33-year-old man was arrested over the Shamshuipo case on Sunday. He has been released on police bail pending further investigation.