A 52-year-old divorced man was believed to have killed his two sons, aged eight and 10, before committing suicide in their flat at Kam Ying Court in Ma On Shan, police said.
Initial investigation suggested that the father, Chan Chun-hing, fed his two children, Sze-ming and Sze-ho, with rat poison, before locking himself up, along with the younger son, in the bedroom where charcoal burned, Apple Daily reported on Monday.
Chan, who finished computer science and commerce at a university in Toronto, used to own a battery factory in mainland China, the newspaper quoted Chan’s younger brother Ah-keung as saying.
But when the eldest son was found to be suffering from autism when he was one and a half years old, Chan decided to move the whole family back to Hong Kong to take care of his son and let a relative run the business.
However, the mainland business sank and Chan later discovered that his relative was cheating him. He lost tens of millions of dollars from the business.
After that, Chan suffered a stroke and had to stay home for rehabilitation. He later divorced his wife.
Left alone to take care of his children and without any job, Chan apparently became depressed and decided to kill himself and his two sons, the report said.
The two boys failed to show up at their school on Sept. 1, prompting their teachers to call Chan but to no avail. They finally got in touch with Chan’s sister, who also was unable to reach her brother.
On Sept. 2, Chan’s sister attempted to hire a locksmith to open the door of the flat but her request was rejected by the management company. The next day, Chan’s sister called the police.
Getting increasingly worried, she called her brother’s ex-wife and they got a locksmith to open the door of the flat on Sept. 5, discovering the tragedy.
The eldest son, Sze-ming, was found dead in the living room, his swollen body covered with a quilt.
Chan and his younger son, Sze-ho, were found dead inside the sealed bedroom with a bucket of burned charcoal.
Police found a suicide note as well as scribbles on a wall of the living room, detailing Chan’s decision to kill his two sons and himself, as well as his relationship with his wife.
Ah-keung said Chan was a loving father and did everything to take care of his autistic son.
If not for being cheated by a relative a few years ago, which led to the collapse of his mainland business, Chan would not have done what he did to himself and his sons, Ah-keung said.
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