Suspected wife killer arrested after jumping into Victoria Harbour
The elderly man is thought to have strangled his wife, before being found in the water at Victoria Harbour by police on Sunday
An elderly man jumped into Victoria Harbour early on Sunday in an apparent suicide bid after allegedly strangling his wife at home during an argument over their relationship.
The man was rescued from the water by police and was taken to hospital with minor injuries but was arrested in connection with the suspected murder.
The victim was Tong Sui-pan, 41, who was an insurance agent. Her husband, Ho po-Kong, 60, is a warehouse worker.
The murder case came to light shortly after 12.10am when the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, a form six student, returned home to the family’s To Kwa Wan flat and found her mother lying unconscious in bed. She then called police.
Tong was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital where she was declared dead. According to police, some blood was found on a bed sheet at the scene.
A manhunt for Ho was launched as there was no sign of a break-in at the flat.
Shortly after 3am, Ho was found jumping into sea from the Hung Hom shore.
He was pulled out of the water by police after a passerby called authorities. He was conscious when taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he was placed under police guard.
Initial investigations showed the mother left home at about 1pm on Saturday and her daughter left at about 2pm, leaving behind the father, according to police.
It is understood the couple was in the middle of getting divorce and the mother seldom returned home.
It is believed the woman came to Hong Kong from the mainland after they married.
Officers from the Kowloon city district crime squad are investigating.
It is the second similar family tragedy in a week. Last Saturday, a woman injured her husband before she leapt to her death.