Man surrenders after girlfriend beaten to death

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 September, 2007, 12:00am

Neighbours ignored screams as woman was fatally attacked

The boyfriend of a 48-year-old woman who was killed in a vicious attack in her Tai Po home on Saturday surrendered to police yesterday.

The body of security guard Chung Mui-fong was found in her bedroom early yesterday by her 23-year-old son, surnamed Lam, who lived with her but had not checked her room earlier despite seeing signs of a fight when he returned home on Saturday night.

She is believed to have bled to death from injuries suffered in the attack in the public flat in Shin Nga House, Fu Shin Estate, on Saturday afternoon, during which neighbours ignored her screams for help.

Police have been told that the 27-year-old boyfriend, whose name is Chan and also a security guard, had been kicked out of the flat earlier in the day after a row over the pair's relationship. He returned twice, being escorted away by security guards the first time but was allowed in the next time.

The son arrived home that night to find debris littering the living-room floor.

Assistant Tai Po district commander (Crime), Superintendent Jackey Cheung Koon-wah, said: 'An electric fan, lamp, glass bottle and her mobile phone were broken and scattered on the floor. But he did not call police. We were told that his mother sometimes lost her temper and threw things on the floor.'

The son tidied the flat but did not check the bedroom until after he arrived home from work at about 12.45am yesterday.

The suspect gave himself up at Ma On Shan police station at about 10am, two hours after police made an appeal for information. They are treating the case as murder.

At about 4pm a hooded and chained suspect was escorted to the flat by police for a reconstruction, which lasted half an hour and was video-recorded. Last night he was being detained at Tai Po police station for questioning.

Mr Cheung said investigations indicated the victim was punched and kicked to the head before being dragged into the bedroom bleeding from the nose and mouth. But she might not have died immediately.

'It's possible that the victim suffered serious injuries and passed out in the attack and she was dragged into the bedroom where she bled to death,' he said. 'We don't rule out this possibility.'

He said no weapon was used but some of the victim's hair had been cut with scissors. A postmortem examination will be carried out today.

Police said investigations indicated the man had visited the flat three times on Saturday.

He was kicked out between 11am and noon but came back about an hour later, banging on the door and pleading to be allowed in. Neighbours complained to the management office and he was escorted away by guards, but he returned at about 3.30pm and Chung opened the door.

Mr Cheung said: 'After a while, neighbours heard the noise of a heated argument from the unit and a woman screamed for help. But this time, neighbours did not call the management office or police.'

Neighbours told police the couple had often argued, especially when they had been drinking.

Officers yesterday found blood in the living room and discovered a bloodstained mop at the scene.

The pair met when they worked together as security guards at a private housing estate in Ma On Shan a few months ago. He later quit.

Chung, whose husband left her more than 10 years ago, is survived by her son, a technician, and two daughters.