Woman with history of mental illness arrested for throwing things from flat

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 May, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 May, 2010, 12:00am

Police broke into a flat in Causeway Bay yesterday and arrested a 62-year-old tenant with a history of mental illness after she threw a chair, cushion, wooden pole and plastic bottle out of the window.

The chair broke the windscreen of a car parked in Lockhart Road, but no casualties were reported.

A chauffeur said the incident happened seconds after his client left the car outside Diamond Mansion and went to a restaurant nearby for lunch.

'I heard a noise and saw the cushion had landed beside the car. As I was approaching to check, the chair fell down, broke the vehicle's windscreen and bounced on to the road,' he said.

'I ran to the opposite side of the road and saw an elderly woman throw the plastic bottle out of the window from her flat on the eighth floor.'

As he called police, the wooden pole was hurled down. When police arrived the woman refused to open her door, said a spokesman for the force. So officers broke the front door of the flat and led her away.

Police arrested her for criminal damage and allowing objects to fall from a height. She was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai.

In another case a 44-year-old man suffering from mental illness lost his temper and broke furniture in his home in Fu Kwan House on the Tai Wo Hau Estate in Kwai Chung at about 6.30am. A neighbour contacted a security guard, who called police.

When police arrived he had calmed down and his 90-year-old grandmother was safe inside. He suffered minor hand injuries and was taken to Yan Chai Hospital for treatment.