Man jumps to death after stabbing wife in bed at their Hong Kong home

Husband attacked wife in her sleep and chased her when she tried to escape, before killing himself when she sought help from passerby

PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 1:45pm
UPDATED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 5:43pm

A 43-year-old man leapt to his death this morning after stabbing his wife while she was asleep at home in Tseung Kwan O – the second domestic violence case reported within 24 hours.

The woman, 39, was attacked by her husband shortly before 6am inside their 12th-floor apartment at Lohas Park on Wan Po Road.

The woman jumped out of bed and ran out of the apartment, but her husband chased her with a chopper in his hand, according to police.

She ran to the sixth-floor platform above the building’s car park and sought help from another person there, saying “My husband chopped me,” a police officer said. She suffered wounds to her head, face and hands.

The husband, who was following her, then jumped from the platform, the officer said, and was later found lying unconscious six floors down on the ground. The knife was next to him and had snapped in two. He was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where he was declared dead.

The victim is receiving treatment. Senior Inspector Li Ka-yan of the Kwun Tong district crime squad said the victim’s injuries were not life-threatening.

An initial investigation found that the couple had a heated argument over family affairs the night before.

During the attack, the couple’s six-year-old daughter and a foreign domestic helper were at home. The child was in her bedroom and did not witness the assault.

“The girl is now being taken care of by her relatives,” Li said, adding this was the first domestic violence case involving the family.

The Kwun Tong district crime squad is investigating the case.

Yesterday, a 53-year-old teacher was hacked to death in a dispute with her live-in lover in Sham Shui Po. Police arrested the 65-year-old boyfriend.