Singaporean man charged with attempted murder of Hong Kong woman in Australia

Victim suffered fractured skull and stab wounds to chest, is now in stable condition and recovering well

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 11 May, 2017, 9:28am
UPDATED : Thursday, 11 May, 2017, 9:48am

A Singaporean man was charged with attempted murder in Australia on Wednesday after he was said to have hit a 20-year-old woman from Hong Kong with a hammer.

The attack at the man’s Airbnb accommodation in Norman Park in eastern Brisbane on Monday night left the victim, an Australian resident, with a fractured skull, along with stab wounds to her chest.

She is currently in stable condition in the city’s Princess Alexandra Hospital. The hospital told the media she was recovering well.

Police in Queensland state said the pair had previously been in a relationship for months after meeting online.

The 31-year-old suspect had made several trips from Singapore to Australia to see her in the past. He visited her again on Sunday.

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Local media reported that the owners of the house were believed to have overheard the attack, prompting the man to flee barefoot without his wallet or passport. He was wearing only boxer shorts and a T-shirt.

The suspect was arrested on Tuesday afternoon, after TV crews filming the crime scene found him sitting inside the rental flat.

Queensland police are investigating.

The suspect is due to appear before Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.