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Crime in Hong Kong

Mother of two arrested over murder-suicide bid with burning charcoal in Hong Kong flat

Police source says she had suspected her boyfriend, who is also the father of the children, was having an affair

PUBLISHED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 7:52pm
UPDATED : Friday, 22 September, 2017, 7:55pm

A mother of two was arrested for attempted murder in the early hours of Friday after she was accused of burning charcoal in a suicide bid, while with her infant daughter and son, three, in their Hong Kong flat.

At about 9.30pm on Thursday, the woman, 29, took a picture of the burning charcoal at the Tong Mi Road flat in Mong Kok, and sent the photograph to her boyfriend, 36, through her phone. The man is the father of the two children.

He then called police and raced back home. Officers rushed to the scene and found the woman and her children inside the flat.

Couple found dead at luxury Hong Kong residence in suspected murder-suicide

“All of them were conscious. A basin of burnt charcoal was found inside the unit,” a police spokesman said.

The two children were taken to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for medical examination.

The woman did not need treatment and was taken to Mong Kok Police Station.

“Initial investigation revealed that the woman had suspectedly burned charcoal in a bid to kill herself and her children. She was arrested for attempted murder,” the spokesman said.

A police source said the woman thought her boyfriend had a mistress.

On Friday afternoon, the woman was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.

Police figures showed there were 11 reports of murder in the first seven months of this year, down 38.9 per cent compared with 18 in the same period last year.