Five hurt in two attacks by mental patients

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 29 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 29 September, 2009, 12:00am

Five people were injured in two separate attacks involving two mental patients in Chai Wan and Sham Shui Po yesterday.

One of the victims was a 46-year-old woman who was asleep when her 83-year-old mother used a chopper to attack her in their flat at Wo Hing House on Hing Wah Estate, Chai Wan, at about 1am.

A police spokeswoman said the younger woman was awakened during the attack and snatched the chopper from her mother. She then called police.

She suffered a minor cut to the nose and was treated at Eastern Hospital. Her mother was arrested and sent to hospital for examination.

Police said the mother was a mental patient. Detectives from Eastern police are investigating.

In the other case, a 40-year-old man shouted at a woman, 36, and then kicked her near one of the exits on the concourse at Cheung Sha Wan MTR station in Sham Shui Po at about 8.15am.

Police said that after the attack, he ran off and attacked another woman, 25, at the station.

'A male passer-by saw the attack and tried to stop him but was assaulted,' a police spokeswoman said.

The attacker also punched a policeman when officers approached him but he was eventually subdued by police, the spokeswoman said.

The two injured women, the 30-year-old male passer-by and the constable were treated for minor injuries at Caritas Medical Centre.

Last night the attacker was admitted to Kwai Chung mental hospital for treatment.