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Crime in Hong Kong

Hong Kong man with a history of mental illness arrested for attacking father with meat chopper

Police say the father had subjected the man to verbal and physical abuse

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 October, 2017, 3:45pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 October, 2017, 4:05pm

A man with a history of mental illness was arrested on Thursday after police said he assaulted his father with a meat chopper, marking at least the second time this month a psychiatric patient has allegedly attacked his parents.

Thursday’s incident involved a 21-year-old man who slashed his father while also injuring his mother after she tried to stop the fight at their flat in Sheung Shui, police said.

The father, 53, suffered knife wounds to the head, face and neck while the mother, 42, received injuries to the head, neck and back, police said.

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Both were taken to hospital for treatment, although the injuries were not considered life threatening.

“The suspect said he hated his father very much so he used the meat chopper to attack him,” Tai Po police Chief Inspector Cheng Chak-hang said.

He said police believed the suspect was subjected to verbal and physical abuse by his father, sometimes over trivial matters and once for being unemployed.

“Initial investigation showed the father often scolded him and sometimes beat him,” Cheng said.

There were no prior reports of domestic violence at the family’s home at Ching Hin House in Ching Ho Estate.

The suspect, who is an only child and an interior decorator, is an outpatient at North District Hospital’s psychiatric department in Sheung Shui, the Post learned.

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The attack happened when the suspect woke up and went to the kitchen for a drink of water. When he saw his father step out of the bedroom soon after 6am, Cheng said the suspect picked up a meat chopper and attacked him.

After hearing the father shout for help, the mother ran to intervene.

“She rushed forward in an attempt to stop the suspect and snatch the chopper. During the struggle, the mother was injured,” Cheng said.

The father ran out of the flat and down 10 flights of stairs to the lobby where a security guard helped him and called police at 6.20am.

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The suspect, who injured his arm in the incident, dumped the knife in bed before officers arrived and arrested him in the corridor outside the unit. He was hooded and restrained in a stretcher before being carried to an ambulance.

The suspect and his mother were taken to North District Hospital while his father was at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.

In an incident that shocked the city on October 8, a 34-year-old man, who is a psychiatric outpatient at Kwai Chung Hospital, was suspected of murdering his bedridden mother before jumping from a 16th-floor flat in Kwai Chung in an attempted suicide. He survived after the branches of a tree broke his fall.

Police found the mother inside with her head almost removed from her body.

On Sunday, an off-duty police officer was attacked with a knife at a Kwai Chung public housing estate by a man thought to have a mental health illness.