Children under care after father's killing

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 February, 2011, 12:00am

Welfare authorities are caring for three teenagers whose mother was arrested for allegedly murdering their 72-year-old father at the weekend.

The children, who came from the mainland with their mother for a family reunion two years ago, were taken to a Social Welfare Department shelter in Western for battered women and their children, police said.

Police arrested the 40-year-old woman on Monday, on suspicion of killing her husband at their Kwai Chung home. She was charged with one count of murder and will appear in Tsuen Wan Court this morning.

Detectives are still investigating whether the couple's children - one boy, 14, and two girls aged 15 and 16 - saw the attack in which, police believe, the man was bludgeoned as he slept on Saturday night.

'We will talk to the social workers to see whether it is necessary to seek a care-and-protection order in court to award the Social Welfare Department custodial authority of the children,' a police officer said.

A department spokesman said social workers would contact the children and offer them counselling. 'We will also contact the family's relatives and discuss the children's welfare needs,' he said.

He said that the department had not received any request for assistance from the family before the incident.

On Sunday, police and paramedics were called to the family's flat in Shek Wai House on She Lei Estate in Kwai Chung at about 10.30am and found the 72-year-old man unconscious in bed. He died at the scene.

Results of a post-mortem examination showed that he died of head injuries, police said.

Yesterday, officers from the Kwai Tsing district crime squad returned to the family's flat and took with them a wooden pole and some clothes for examination.