A woman who cut off her lover's penis before battering him to death with a hammer told a court yesterday that she did so after he raped her and threatened to kill both her and her daughter.
Yeung Ki, 41, recounted to the High Court how she had attacked Zhou Hui, 32, with a pair of scissors after he threatened to beat her and her four-year-old daughter to death and track down her 12-year-old son from her first marriage.
Yeung recalled that, prior to her killing Zhou in a public housing flat in Chai Wan on December 26, 2012, he had flown into a violent rage in which he beat both her and her daughter.
His rage began when their daughter refused to call him "daddy", the court heard.
Weeping, Yueng said that when she went to defend her daughter, Zhou attacked her, pushing her head into the toilet bowl and the washing machine.
"My daughter ran into the bathroom. She pushed him. He then grabbed my daughter by her clothes and threw her onto the floor violently," she said.
Yeung demanded Zhou leave the flat, but he ignored her and went to the living room to watch television.
Shortly after, he demanded she fetch him some soup and when she ignored him he flew into another rage.
"He rushed to the balcony and pulled me into the room. He pushed me onto the floor and removed my pants," she recalled.
Zhou then raped her. Yeung said she stopped resisting when she noticed her daughter running into the room.
Later on, he again threatened to beat the girl, so Yeung fetched the soup to calm him down. He responded by calling her a "hooker" and accused her of having an affair.
Yeung added some sleeping pills, prescribed to her for depression, into the soup.
"I wanted him to calm down so he wouldn't hit my daughter," she said.
Afterwards, she began packing her daughter's belongings in an effort to leave, but was challenged by Zhou, who was wearing a short-sleeved shirt but no trousers or underwear.
"He said: 'If you dare take just one step out of this flat, I will beat you and your daughter to death'," recalled Yeung.
She then ran into the kitchen, grabbed a pair of scissors and attacked Zhou.
The prosecution claims she cut off the entire penis, but Yeung denied this. "I just cut a small part," she said.
Enraged, Zhou then pinned her to the floor and said: "Do you want to die? If you want, I will let you die immediately."
Zhou grabbed her neck, she kicked him and he slipped. She then grabbed a hammer near the fridge. Her mind went "blank" and she "lost self-control".
The court heard Yeung had been sent to a psychiatric centre on five occasions suffering from post-natal depression.