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Crime in Hong Kong

Woman ‘attacked 83-year-old father with chopping knife’ after family dispute

Officers were seen taking away chopping knife and metal walking stick while pools of blood could be seen outside entrance of housing estate

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 07 April, 2018, 4:12pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 April, 2018, 11:24pm

A 36-year-old woman was arrested on Saturday for attacking her elderly father with a chopping knife in Chai Wan.

The man, 83, suffered serious injuries to his head and hand after a suspected dispute about “family issues”, a police spokeswoman said. Police were called to the family home on A Kung Ngam Road at 8.30am.

“In the heat of the dispute, it is suspected the daughter assaulted her father with a knife,” the spokeswoman said.

Officers from the Eastern District were seen taking away a chopping knife and a blood-stained metal walking stick. Pools of blood could be seen outside the entrance of the housing estate where it was thought the attack took place.

The father was taken to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan and was in a stable condition. The daughter was arrested for wounding.

It was understood the woman’s mother also lived in the flat though a younger brother had moved out.

Non-governmental organisation, Against Elderly Abuse of Hong Kong,expressed concerns and appealed to members of public to seek help from social workers over problems they could not solve.

“They should not suffer in silence,” the statement read.

The number of wounding cases fell to 964 last year from 1,156 in 2016. Domestic violence cases dropped 7.6 per cent to 1,394 in the same time period.

The crime rate in Hong Kong fell to its lowest level in 2017 since 1971. A total of 56,017 crimes were reported in 2017 – a 7.6 per cent drop from 2016. That translates to 758 cases per 100,000 people in Hong Kong, which is the lowest since 1971.