A mainland man was arrested on suspicion of murdering his Hong Kong wife after an argument yesterday. It was the fifth wife-killing this year.
Police would not disclose the name of the 29-year-old man, who has a two-way permit to visit the city. They said the suspect called police to report the killing of his 30-year-old wife, surnamed Chiu.
'The police received a crime report at 1.45pm from a man who said he had 'mistakenly killed his wife', and needed police assistance,' said Lam Siu-wah, chief criminal inspector in Wan Chai.
The woman, a permanent Hong Kong resident, was found lying on a bed in a flat in the Kingston Building, at the junction of Kingston and Paterson streets, in Causeway Bay.
Medical staff with the police gave the woman first aid and she was taken to Ruttonjee Hospital, where she was certified dead at 2.26pm.
Bruises were found on her neck and there were signs of suffocation on her face, Lam said, citing autopsy findings.
Lam did not elaborate on the circumstances leading up to the victim's death, saying only that the case concerned a 'relationship dispute'.
There were 15 homicides in the first half of the year, compared with seven in the same period last year.
Two months ago a man knifed his wife in their flat in a Tin Shui Wai public housing estate after a quarrel about money. He later attempted suicide but was saved.
In May a mentally ill man jumped to his death from a 27th-floor flat on the Sau Mau Ping Estate after killing his wife and seriously injuring his mother and a daughter.
And in April a man killed his wife in a motel in Sham Shui Po after accusing her of having an affair with another man. He killed himself by jumping from the Choi Hung Estate, leaving a six-year-old son alone.
A Legislative Council document issued last year said cross-border marriages were often troubled, with a divorce rate of more than 50 per cent.
Non-governmental organisations have reported thousands of such marriages in which women seek protection from domestic violence, the same document said.