Construction worker held on suspicion of brother's murder after row over taxi fare

Brother questioned after man collapses in Kwun Tong flat during violent dispute with sibling and mother over HK$100 cab fare

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 July, 2014, 3:29pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 July, 2014, 4:53am

A man was being held for questioning last night on suspicion of murdering his younger brother, who apparently died in an argument over a HK$100 taxi fare.

The 39-year-old construction worker was arrested after Chan Ka-wing, 36, was found unconscious on the floor of their Kwun Tong flat early yesterday.

Police said they had been told the pair and their 73-year-old mother got into a dispute after the younger sibling, who appeared to have been drinking, kicked the door of the 14th-floor flat in Kui On House, Wo Lok Estate, at about 3.15am and demanded money for the fare.

Police received a call from the mother at 3.17am.

"From what we know so far, [the younger brother] attempted to hit either his brother or his mother with a chair," an officer said. "The older brother tried to restrain him. As a result, he collapsed."

The younger brother, found unconscious on the floor with injuries to his forehead, was declared dead at nearby United Christian Hospital at 4.05am.

Another officer said police were investigating whether the suspect had in fact assaulted the victim.

An autopsy will be carried out to ascertain the cause of death. No one had been charged last night.

The Kwun Tong district crime squad is investigating. Officers seized a wooden chair and an electric fan from the flat.

The younger brother is understood to have been put on a good-behaviour bond by a court last year for assaulting his brother.

Police are trying to contact the taxi driver and have asked anyone with information to call 2709 8331 or 2709 8332.

Police figures show there were six reports of homicide in the first four months of this year.

There were 62 homicide cases last year, including 39 deaths in the 2012 Lamma ferry tragedy. There were 27 killings reported in 2012 and 17 in 2011.

Separately, a 36-year-old psychiatric patient was arrested for injuring her 70-year-old husband with a meat cleaver at their home in Kowloon Bay yesterday.

The man was injured in the head, face and shoulder during the alleged attack in the 22nd-floor flat at Yuet Ching House, Kai Ching Estate, at about 1am.

He ran out of the flat and banged on his neighbour's door before running to seek help from a security guard at the ground-floor lobby, according to police. He was in a stable condition in United Christian Hospital.

Police said the weapon was hurled down from the building and landed on the first-floor canopy. Last night, the woman was being held for questioning.