A 39-year-old masseuse was fighting for her life in hospital last night after being attacked in bed at her Yau Ma Tei flat by a man wielding a meat cleaver.
The woman's former boyfriend was arrested at the scene, where a three-metre trail of blood led from her flat in Man Ying Building on Man Ying Street.
The suspect, aged 23, has a long history of abusing cocaine and methamphetamine, also known as Ice, according to a source. He is also understood to be a triad member.
It is believed the couple ended a two-year relationship in December after he was accused of beating the woman in the same second-floor flat.
He had a key to the flat which he used last night, sources say.
According to police, the woman managed to get up from her bed during the attack and run out of the flat to escape the assault. A neighbour who heard shouts found the woman sitting in the second-floor lift lobby with serious injuries.
"An initial examination showed the woman suffered a 15cm knife wound in the left forearm, a 7.62cm wound in the left wrist and several cut wounds in the left shoulder," police said.
She is in a critical condition in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.
The suspect, who was released from a drug treatment centre in Hei Ling Chau this month, was agitated when officers arrived, according to police.
"He was unarmed and standing outside the flat shouting and yelling," a police source said. "He continued to murmur to himself when he was being arrested."
The suspect was being held for questioning last night.