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Crime in Hong Kong

North Korean defector ‘grabbed around neck’ in mysterious attack in Hong Kong

Woman dragged through residential block in Tai Po but escapes with only minor injuries

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 2:19pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 November, 2017, 10:42pm

A North Korean defector was injured on Tuesday night in a mysterious attack at a residential block in Hong Kong, prompting a citywide hunt for a female suspect.

The attack took place soon after 10pm when the victim, surnamed Kam, was returning to her flat at the Serenity Park housing estate on Tai Po Tau Drive in the New Territories after a badminton game.

The woman told police she had been attacked from behind after exiting a lift on the seventh floor.

“The victim claimed she was grabbed around the neck and dragged from the seventh-floor lift lobby to the fifth-floor staircase,” a police source said.

The attacker ran downstairs after the victim put up a struggle and shouted for help on the landing of the fifth-floor staircase, alerting a neighbour.

Police went to the scene after they received a report from the neighbour.

Kam suffered minor neck injuries. No property was stolen.

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She was taken to the nearby Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital and discharged after treatment.

“The victim said her attacker spoke Mandarin,” the source said.

Officers scoured the area but arrested no one. By Wednesday lunchtime they had still made no arrest.

In 2015 the victim was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years, after she pleaded guilty to fraud charges. She was also fined HK$16,000.

She was born in North Korea before fleeing the hermit state with her sister when she was just six years old, leaving the rest of their family behind. She formerly went by the name Lau Shaun.

In November last year she was involved in a theft where she was grabbed and dragged to the staircase of an office block in Wan Chai and robbed of HK$400 at knifepoint. It was understood she tried to take her own life in October last year.

She was also thought to have been assaulted in a separate case in Sham Shui Po in March 2015, as well as involved in a fight that broke out in Tai Po in May 2014.

On Wednesday detectives from the Tai Po police district were poring over security camera footage in an effort to track down the female suspect.