Date
24 October 2017
Workers remove a body in Yiu Man House in Tin Yiu Estate (left photo). Two elderly men had been dead several days before their bodies were found. Photos: Internet, Apple Daily
Workers remove a body in Yiu Man House in Tin Yiu Estate (left photo). Two elderly men had been dead several days before their bodies were found. Photos: Internet, Apple Daily

Elderly man starves to death two days after caregiver dies

An 84-year-old man was found dead in a public housing flat, apparently from starvation.

The man, surnamed Chiu, and his 61-year-old son-in-law had been dead several days before their bodies were found on Sunday by policemen and firemen who broke into their flat in Tin Shui Wai. 

The officers were responding to a complaint by residents of Yiu Man House in Tin Yiu Estate about a foul smell.

Apple Daily is reporting that Chiu tried to call for help after his son-in-law, who suffered from an unspecified illness, fell from his bed.

The younger man, surnamed Chu, had been looking after Chiu who was confined to a wheelchair.

They died two days apart, with Chu succumbing first, leaving Chiu to starve.

There were no signs of a struggle or foul play, police investigators said, pending an autopsy.

Chu ran an electronics waste recycling business in the Central American country of Belize where he had obtained citizenship.

When his business closed, he came to Hong Kong and received recognizance from the Immigration Department which allowed him to take up residency and care for Chiu.

Chu’s wife is believed to be living in Shenzhen.

Legislator Fernando Cheung called for improved elderly community care services to avoid a repeat of the tragedy.

Elderly people who are unable to care for themselves wait at least six months for such services, he said.

In 2009, an elderly woman lived with her dead twin sister for several days before being found.

A social worker blamed the Housing Department for lax monitoring of living conditions in public housing estates, saying it has not learned from such tragedies.

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