Woman, 107, hangs herself from bunk bed

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 August, 2007, 12:00am

A 107-year-old woman suffering from flu hanged herself in her Yau Ma Tei home yesterday.

Leung Hau was found unconscious with a trousers cord around her neck, hanging from the top of her bunk bed at her Canton Road flat at about 5.50pm.

Her 87-year-old son, surnamed Mok, made the grisly discovery and untied his mother before calling for help. Ambulancemen confirmed Leung dead at the scene.

Police found no suicide note and said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding her death.

A police source said Leung had seldom complained of being unwell but she had fallen ill with the flu in the past few days. She had told her son, who lived with her along with his wife and son, that she wanted to die so she would not be a burden, but they had not taken her seriously.

A granddaughter said Leung was a cheerful person and had been eating light meals. She said the family had a history of longevity and Leung's younger brother had died in his 90s.

Leung is survived by a son and a daughter, seven grandchildren and various great-grandchildren.

Iman Fok Tin-man, an organiser with the Society for Community Organisation, said the case was bizarre. She said the woman might have had other problems that she had not shared with others.