Boy, 6, rescued after being beaten and buried alive in gutter for 2 days

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 July, 2013, 7:16pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 July, 2013, 1:11pm

A six-year-old boy was beaten and buried alive in a sealed concrete gutter for two days. Police rescued him just after midnight yesterday following the arrest of a 14-year-old boy who led officers to the scene - just 200 metres away from the Yau Ma Tei police station.

The victim's cries for help then took officers to the spot where he had been entombed in a small drainage channel.

One officer said they were fortunate to have found Lewang Limbu alive after he was left trapped without food or water for 48 hours, during which the No 3 typhoon warning was hoisted.

"It is also lucky that the ditch was not flooded during rain. Otherwise, he might have drowned," the officer added.

Last night, police were questioning the teenager over the attack.

Lewang, who was born in Hong Kong and is of Nepalese origin, was found lying face-up under a slab of concrete which had been weighted down further with a wooden trolley.

He was covered in scratches and was last night in a stable condition in Kwong Wah Hospital, Yau Ma Tei.

Police said his ordeal began on Saturday night when his 37-year-old mother and her 36-year-old boyfriend left him alone in a playground in Saigon Street, Yau Ma Tei.

The couple have since been arrested on suspicion of ill-treating a child and released on bail. Lewang had been taken to meet them by his 53-year-old foster mother.

The suspect was believed to have targeted Lewang in the playground, allegedly assaulting him before forcing him into the ditch in Ferry Street and sealing him inside with the concrete drain cover.

His foster mother raised the alarm at about 5am on Sunday when he had still not been brought home. The breakthrough came on Monday night when she was told he had been attacked before he disappeared.

It is lucky that the ditch was not flooded during rain. Otherwise, he might have drowned

Police arrested the 14-year-old suspect in King George V Memorial Park, Jordan Road, at about 11.30pm, and he led them to Ferry Street.

"The victim was shouting for help when officers arrived," said Superintendent Tsang Yiu-wo, assistant Yau Tsim district commander. "His shouts led our colleagues to find him in the ditch. He was conscious and he could talk to our colleagues. An initial examination showed he was suffering from dehydration."

Officers said the area around the ditch was quiet, so no one had heard the boy's shouts for help earlier although he was only a matter of feet from the entrance to an underpass.

The Social Welfare Department said its staff were standing by at the hospital ready to help.

Two eight-year-old suspects were later picked up in Yau Ma Tei but were released.