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Crime in Hong Kong

Man ‘murdered father with meat cleaver after dispute over money’

Police and paramedics called to flat in Mong Kok just after 5pm on Sunday

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 April, 2018, 11:12am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 April, 2018, 11:40am

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his 49-year-old father with a meat cleaver following a dispute about money in their Mong Kok flat.

Police and paramedics were called to the flat on Canton Road just after 5pm on Sunday after receiving a report about an injured man.

Chung Chi-ming, assistant Mong Kok district commander, said the Nepalese man was found unconscious and had sustained multiple injuries to head and legs which appeared to be fatal.

He was taken to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei and died just after 1am on Monday.

The man’s eldest son, 32, was arrested at around 10pm after an investigation showed that he had tried to borrow money from his father, leading to a dispute, Chung said on Monday morning.

“We believe he used a meat cleaver to attack his father. The flat showed signs of fighting and was full of blood, which we believe belonged to the [father].”

The son worked as a construction worker and lived in the same flat with his father. Police also seized the knife they believe was used in the attack from the flat.

It was the second knife attack in as many days in Hong Kong. On Sunday, a 36-year-old woman was arrested for attacking her elderly father with a chopping knife in Chai Wan.

The man, 83, suffered serious injuries to his head and hand after a suspected dispute about “family issues”.

Overall, the murder cases recorded in 2017 dropped to 24 from 28 in 2016. Reports of wounding and serious assault also decreased by 8.2 per cent to 4,611 last year.