Girl, 4, sees mother bludgeon father to death

PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 28 December, 2012, 5:21am

A woman was arrested yesterday on suspicion of killing her boyfriend with a hammer - witnessed by their four-year-old daughter.

The 32-year-old victim was found dead in a pool of blood at their Chai Wan flat yesterday with his penis partly severed, police said. Scissors were found nearby.

The two-way permit holder identified only as Zhou, had arrived from Hubei province to visit his girlfriend and daughter on Christmas Eve.

Officers were told the man had threatened to beat the girl while demanding money from the woman, a police source said. The daughter was last night under the care of medical staff at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.

"Initial inquiries indicate the girl saw what happened. A child psychologist will be arranged to talk to her," the source said. "She is now receiving medical examination in hospital. She appears to be OK."

The argument over money was said to have broken out in the fourth-floor flat in Yue On House, Yue Wan Estate on Chai Wan Road on Boxing Day afternoon.

"[Zhou] was bludgeoned to death with a hammer while he was asleep around 11pm that night," the source said.

"He suffered several blows to the back of his head and sustained skull fractures."

The woman, carrying her daughter, left the flat shortly after the killing.

The Christmas tragedy came to light when the two went to the Chai Wan office of the Social Welfare Department asking for help at about noon yesterday. Zhou was found dead in the living room of the flat when emergency crews arrived.

"Initial investigations show that because of a quarrel over money and love problems, the woman allegedly bludgeoned the victim to death with a blunt object," Chief Inspector Chow Siu-tong of Eastern district crime squad said.

The twice-divorced woman and her daughter moved into the flat in May this year. The mother is believed to have come to Hong Kong from the mainland in 2004 and is living on welfare.

Last night, she was being held for questioning in North Point police station.