Hong Kong father arrested for attempted murder after lighting charcoal in room with daughter and son

The children’s mother raised the alarm after receiving a message the father had not gone in to work

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 March, 2017, 1:40pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 March, 2017, 8:49pm

A 35-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday for attempted murder after he lit charcoal in a Tsuen Wan flat in a bid to commit suicide with his six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son in the room.

The three were found in bed in one of the two bedrooms of the family’s flat in Yau Kom Tau Village off Tuen Mun Road shortly after 6am, according to police.

“The man was in a semi-conscious state and taken to Yan Chai Hospital [in Tsuen Wan] for treatment,” a police spokesman said. The two children were conscious and taken to Princess Margaret Hospital in Lai Chi Kok, he added.

The man’s two-year-old son and a domestic helper, 27, were not hurt as they were in the other room at the time, a police source said. They were also taken to Yan Chai Hospital for examination.

Officers seized a metal container with burnt charcoal, but no suicide note was found.

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The father, in a stable condition in the afternoon, was placed under security watch in the custodial ward and had not been charged. Detectives from the Tsuen Wan district crime squad are handling the case.

The source said the man, who works as a driver, and his wife had been separated for several months, and she had moved out of the flat. His wife became suspicious when she received a message shortly after 3am yesterday, saying he had been absent from work. She told officers she went to the Tsuen Wan flat, found him and her two children in the bedroom with the burning charcoal and called police at 6.10am.

Reports of homicide last year went up 27.3 per cent to 28, from 22 in 2015. Police figures also showed reports of domestic violence rose by 3.1 per cent to 1,509 last year from 1,464 in 2015.