Mother pushed daughter from bridge, then jumped herself, hears court

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 June, 2014, 3:36am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 June, 2014, 8:42am

A schizophrenic woman who pushed her 12-year-old daughter off a bridge and then jumped herself, leaving them both seriously injured, has admitted attempting to murder the child.

The Court of First Instance heard that Zeng Guomei, 47, begged her daughter to climb onto her back so she could carry her. When the girl agreed, Zeng dropped her from a footbridge in Tsuen Wan on June 12 last year.

Both mother and daughter suffered multiple injuries from the drop of almost nine metres. They were treated at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung and remained in hospital until August last year.

Zeng's defence said she had suffered depression since 2008 and had been diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2012.

Prosecutor Claudia Ng Cheuk-hwa said Zeng married on the mainland in 1997 and gave birth to the girl in 2001. She moved to Hong Kong in 2004 and divorced in October 2012, gaining custody of the child.

In the weeks before the murder attempt, Zeng had asked her former husband to take custody of the child as her mental health worsened. The girl then went to live with a foster family.

Mother and daughter arranged to meet in Tsuen Wan on June 12 and had lunch together.

After lunch, they headed to the bridge and the girl climbed onto her mother's back.

"The [mother] then forcibly made the [daughter] sit on the railing and she suddenly pushed the [daughter], causing her to fall backwards from the said railing onto the concrete pavement, which was 8.8 metres below the footbridge," Ng told the court.

The daughter suffered fractures to her face, elbow, vertebra and pelvic area while the mother broke bones in both heels.

The daughter is now living in a children's home.

Zeng's lawyer, Monica Chow, said Zeng had suffered side effects from a new drug in December 2012 and began to display suicidal tendencies in May last year.

Mr Justice Louis Tong Po-sun adjourned the sentencing to July 4 for psychiatric reports.