Grisly triple murder stuns quiet Toronto community and traumatises police A former Hong Kong Vietnamese refugee accused of killing his wife and two small children in their home in a quiet Toronto suburb will likely be placed on a custodial suicide watch, his lawyer says. The grisly triple killing traumatised police officers and shocked the community. With cuts, bruises and scrapes on his face and arms, Chau Huc-minh, 40, was led shackled into a Toronto courtroom on Friday. He was ordered held in jail until his next court appearance on Wednesday. Chau, who came to Hong Kong from Vietnam as a refugee, was later granted refugee status in Canada, Cable TV said. He was charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of his wife, Liang Shao-sang, 38, their daughter, Vivian, three, and five-month-old son Ivan. Reports said the three victims had been maimed so badly they were barely recognisable and officers were shaken by what they found at the crime scene. Police sources said the victims were 'partially decapitated', according to a CBC News report. Chau's older sister and a friend turned up at court, but did not speak to reporters. They wept and hugged each other outside. After the court appearance, Chau's lawyer, Edward Hung, said he needed more time to learn the details of the case. Mr Hung did not say if there was a history of violent behaviour or mental breakdowns, but he said it was likely authorities would place Chau on a suicide watch while he was in custody, according to the Toronto Star newspaper. The bodies were discovered on Thursday night after neighbours reported hearing screams and yelling coming from the family's home in Scarborough. Minutes later, Toronto police received a 911 emergency call. Chau was arrested after police forced their way into the house. It is believed the attacks involved a meat cleaver. 'I heard kids screaming and an adult screaming,' one neighbour said. 'I thought it was kids playing or watching television. If only I could have helped - those kids were in there. I could have helped.' As the community attempted to come to terms with the gruesome slayings, investigators were also haunted by disturbing images of the crime scene. 'We're dealing with a horrific scene,' Superintendent Gary Ellis said. 'Our officers are traumatised by what they've run into here.' Constable Kristine Bacharach, a Toronto police spokeswoman, said: 'A lot of them are traumatised. Officers are people, too. We have the same emotions as anyone else.' Postmortem examinations will be conducted over the next two days, police said. The couple, who had lived there for about 18 months, ran a supermarket in the city but had to close the business as a result of money problems.