A 22-year-old man jumped from the 16th floor of a building in Kwai Chung early Tuesday after a slashing his former girlfriend with a paper cutter amid a fierce quarrel.
The man later died in hospital, while the girl — a karaoke bar waitress aged 19, is in serious condition, Apple Daily reported.
The incident began as the young man, a person surnamed Chu, confronted his ex-girlfriend at an apartment building at Shek Lei Estate at around 7 am.
He was said to be lying in wait for girl, who bears the surname Cheung, as she returned home after finishing a night shift at work.
The couple then got into quarrel and proceeded into the lift lobby of the Shek Ning House building before Chu held a paper cutter to Cheung’s neck.
A security guard at the building who was about to finish her shift was quoted as saying that she saw Cheung and Chu tangling inside a lift which had its doors open.
The guard initially thought that they were just indulging in some sort of prank, before realizing that the matter was serious as the the girl shouted for help and told the guard to call the police.
At that point in time, the girl was not injured but was merely pinned onto the floor by Chu.
Chu then tried to pull Cheung into a lift but he was stopped by security guards. When the doors of an adjacent lift opened, Chu swiftly dragged Cheung into it and the lift went up to the 16th floor.
A big bang was heard next and Chu was found lying on the wooden structure of a sitting-out area, apparently having jumped off from the building.
Police officers soon arrived on the scene and they found Cheung lying on the corridor on the 16th floor, swamped in blood, with several knife wounds on her body.
Both Chu and Cheung were rushed to a hospital. The young man was later pronounced dead at 6:30 pm, while Cheung remained in a serious condition.
Sources told Apple Daily that the youngsters had a relationship for about eight months but had been separated for some time now.
Chu is said to have made several attempts to save the relationship, but apparently didn’t succeed.
Veteran social worker Chan Kam-ming said the tragedy could be a typical case of mismatched expectations between two people when a separation is not communicated or interpreted well.
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