Suicides in Hong Kong

Hong Kong mother and son found dead in suspected suicide pact

Pair, who both suffered from mental health issues, were found dead in a Tsuen Wan flat

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 November, 2017, 12:20am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 November, 2017, 12:26am

A man and his mother, who both suffered from mental health issues, were found dead in a Tsuen Wan flat in a suspected suicide pact on Sunday.

The 30-year-old son’s former girlfriend went to the flat in the City Point residential estate on Wing Shun Street at about 4pm on Sunday after the man had sounded strange to her during a phone conversation they had at about 10am, a police source said.

The 26-year-old woman entered the home and found the man and his 57-year-old mother were both unconscious, with burnt charcoal close by.

She called for an ambulance. Both the mother and son were confirmed dead at the scene.

Investigators found no suspicious signs on Sunday. They believed the pair had committed suicide together.

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No suicide note was found.

Another police source said the man and the woman had both suffered from psychosis and had been consulting doctors at Kwai Chung Hospital.

Investigators found that they had left the flat together at about 9am on Sunday morning and returned about 20 minutes later with a bag of what was thought to be charcoal, according to the source.

The man’s friends told officers he had run a pub before becoming a full-time stock investor at home.

Postmortem examinations will be conducted.

Tsuen Wan district crime squad was investigating.

Where to get help

– 24-hour hotline at Suicide Prevention Services: +852 2382 0000

– 24-hour hotline at Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong: +852 2389 2222

– Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care: +852 2868 1211