Date
11 December 2017
Policemen stand on the ledge of a flat where Li Tak-yan was holed up Sunday. Li later shot himself dead. Photo: Now TV
Policemen stand on the ledge of a flat where Li Tak-yan was holed up Sunday. Li later shot himself dead. Photo: Now TV

Social workers missed signs of Li mental illness

Social workers missed the signs in their previous encounters with Li Tak-yan, the Hong Kong gunman who killed himself after a standoff with police Sunday, neighbors told Apple Daily.

“Li was always talking to himself. He would complain loudly and use foul language if someone made a noise while walking past his door,” a neighbor, surnamed Ho, said.

Li once ranted over leaves and flowers messing up the ground, he said.

In 2011, Ho was attacked with a hammer and kitchen knife by Li after he had taken a picture of him during an altercation. Ho suffered three severed fingers that were re-attached after a 13-hour procedure, the report said.

Li was convicted for the attack and jailed one year. Two medical reports later showed he was mentally fit.

But Yuen Long district councilor Roy Kwong said Li’s punishment was too lenient and blamed the latest incident on social workers not being able to do follow-up checks on Li in the past three years.

Li is suspected of having shot dead 43-year-old air-conditioning technician Liu Kai-chung on Saturday night. The next morning, Li shot and killed himself after police surrounded his flat. 

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