Retiree strangles wife before death plunge

Local | Sophie Hui May 19, 2017
A financially troubled retiree strangled his wife with a rope before jumping to his death at Lohas Park in Tseung Kwan O, police said.

The couple's 34-year-old daughter found her 63-year-old mother, Yau Choi-hung, unconscious in the bedroom of the family's rented flat on the 30th floor of The Capitol Tower 3 when she arrived home at about 1am yesterday. The daughter called police, and the mother was later certified dead at the scene.

Earlier, a security guard in the Lohas Park clubhouse heard a loud bang from the swimming pool, where he saw an unconscious man and called police.

Police said the husband, Wong Man-bun, 66, had apparently strangled his wife before jumping off the balcony of their flat, landing in the pool below.

He was certified dead after being sent to Tseung Kwan O hospital at 2am.

Police have listed the case as a murder-suicide, with Kwun Tong district crime squad continuing the investigation. Autopsies will be conducted to determine the exact causes of death.

"The [daughter] found her mother unconscious and with an injury on her neck," said acting chief inspector (crime) Hui Chung-ki. "Officers sped to the scene and found a suicide note, which was written by the husband. He revealed that he was suffering from financial troubles and didn't want to get his wife into trouble."

Officers found a rope in the flat and the husband's slippers on the balcony.

Police said the husband had no debt history and the couple did not have a history of illness.

Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong director Clarence Tsang Chin-kwok said: "Retired people may have financial worries since they have lost the ability to earn money, but they need to spend money in many areas, such as medical and living cost. Some of them even prepare money for their after- death arrangements."

He also said the government can improve retirement protection to reduce retired people's economic pressure.

Tsang suggested people call the local volunteer counseling agency's hotline 2389-2222 if they have difficulties.

It was the SAR's third murder- suicide case so far this year.

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