Murder hunt as mainland woman found slashed to death

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 5:17pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 7:27pm

Murder is suspected in the death of a mainland woman who was found with cut wounds on her body in a Yau Ma Tei flat on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Police received a report at around 1pm that a woman’s body had been found at No 226 Shanghai Street, in a subdivided unit on the third floor.

Officers found the woman naked, with multiple cut wounds on her neck and minor injuries to her arms. Paramedics soon certified that she was dead.

Superintendent Brian Lowcock said the case was classified as murder because of the suspicious circumstances.

One of the cut wounds was 13 centimetres long, and no weapon was found at the scene, he said. There was no sign that the unit had been ransacked as in a robbery.

The victim, 49, had come to Hong Kong on a two-way permit in August and moved into the unit about one week ago.

Lowcock said detectives were trying to determine whether the woman was a prostitute. They cordoned off the area to conduct further investigations.