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Crime in Hong Kong

Father of two arrested for trying to kill son, 5, with burning charcoal in Hong Kong flat

Both alive, with suspect’s wife and other son unhurt in separate bedroom

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 1:14pm
UPDATED : Monday, 30 October, 2017, 10:46pm

Police arrested a 49-year-old man for attempted murder on Monday, accusing him of burning charcoal in his Hong Kong flat to kill himself and his five-year-old son.

Emergency personnel rushed to the Park Metropolitan building on Yuet Wah Street, Kwun Tong, at about 4am on Monday after a security guard on patrol found smoke billowing from a flat.

The man and his son were found in the same bedroom, while the man’s wife and other son were sleeping in another bedroom and were not hurt, police said. The boys are twins.

When police went to the flat, the man’s 30-year-old wife answered the door.

“The father was found unconscious inside the bedroom and his son was conscious when found,” a police source said. He added that a tray with burning charcoal was beside the bed, but there was no suicide note.

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The two were taken to United Christian Hospital for treatment and the man later regained consciousness. He was placed under security watch at the hospital but has not been charged. The Post understood the man to be unemployed and have financial problems.

On September 21, a 29-year-old woman was arrested for attempted murder after she burned charcoal in her Mong Kok flat, in a bid to take her own life and that of her infant daughter and three-year-old son. All were conscious when found.

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

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

If you are feeling stressed or in need of support, contact the Samaritan Befrienders’ 24-hour hotline on 2389 2222, Suicide Prevention Services on 2382 0000 or the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care on 2868 1211.