Man, 75, held over death of woman at home for the elderly

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 February, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 February, 2008, 12:00am

A 75-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who was a resident at a private home for the elderly in Wan Chai.

Police said the killing happened shortly before 11.30pm on Friday when the man, surnamed Kwong, became angry and abusive in the home's main room in Everwin Mansion, Johnston Road.

The elderly man ran around yelling as female staff tried to pacify him, according to police. After about 10 minutes, he calmed down and sat on a chair.

After a few minutes he suddenly lost control, Senior Inspector Lai Wai-kei said. He picked up a chair and ran into a resident's room. Staff tried to subdue him, but as he was swinging the chair he struck Lo Wai-chun, 78, on the forehead with a metal leg.

Lo was later declared dead at Ruttonjee Hospital. Police arrested Kwong and last night he was detained for questioning at Wan Chai police station.

Yesterday's killing is the fourth this year. On Tuesday, a suspected asylum seeker from Bangladesh was bludgeoned to death in a Sheung Shui village. No one has been arrested.

On January 23, an Indonesian domestic helper was stabbed to death in Fanling. Two 16-year-old boys were arrested.

On January 17, taxi driver Lei Seng-chi, 47, was killed by a heavy blow to the head on a Sai Kung hillside after being lured from his cab. The killer is still at large.