Woman terrorised by intruder in her flat

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 October, 2009, 12:00am

A woman, bound and blindfolded by a chopper-wielding intruder, endured nearly four hours of terror as the man wandered around her flat in Sham Shui Po until her husband returned home and rescued her before dawn yesterday.

A man police have linked to the incident was arrested on suspicion of injuring the couple at about 5am, after he called police saying he had suffered leg injuries on the staircase of a nearby residential block. He was taken to Caritas Medical Centre for treatment.

A police spokeswoman said an investigation showed that the man was linked to the attack on the woman and had probably injured his leg during his escape. No formal charges had been laid.

The ordeal of the 28-year-old restaurant worker began when she went home from work to the couple's third-floor flat in Tai Nan Street yesterday shortly after midnight.

'She found a man inside her flat,' a police officer involved in the investigation said. 'The victim had sauce poured on her and was threatened with a chopper before being tied up and blindfolded.

'After she was blindfolded, she did not know what he was doing, but she felt that he kept walking around the flat.'

The woman's husband, 31, also a restaurant worker, returned home at 3.50am, the officer said. 'Her husband scuffled with the man but was cut on the right hand. The attacker, carrying the chopper, ran out of the flat and fled downstairs.'

The victims then called police. The woman was unhurt but treated for shock, and her husband was treated for the cut to his hand at Caritas Medical Centre in Sham Shui Po.

The couple did not know the attacker, were not involved in any disputes and had no debt problems, a crime-squad officer at Sham Shui Po police station said.

'We are investigating whether he is under the influence of drugs or has mental problems,' he said.

No valuables were stolen from the couple's flat.