A 20-year-old man was arrested after he accidentally slashed the neck of a woman in a quarrel with his girlfriend in Mong Kok, Ming Pao Daily reported on Friday.
The 31-year-old victim surnamed Wong, a clerk at a direct marketing company in Mong Kok, was walking near Argyle and Sai Yee streets around 6: 30 p.m. with female companions identified as Tang and Man.
According to witnesses, the man surnamed Ho suddenly came out of nowhere and confronted Tang, said to be his girlfriend, asking her why she didn’t listen to him and go home.
The man then pulled out a fruit knife and tried to stab Tang, but she was able to dodge. A second attempt slashed Wong’s neck, the report said.
Wong, who was bleeding profusely, sat on the pavement to await medical help, while Ho stood on the sidewalk and tinkered with his mobile phone.
Passersby, including an off-duty policeman, later subdued him and took away his knife.
Ho was arrested while Wong was rushed to the hospital.
The victim was in critical condition after surgery, although she remained conscious, the report said.
Initial police investigation revealed that Ho and Tang, who is studying at the City University’s College of Business, have been having problems with their relationship.
Ho was said to have recently posted a message on his social network page: “It is better to suffer short-term pain than long-term torture.”
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