A 78-year-old man surnamed Lam was arrested after he was seen slashing his niece with a Chinese kitchen knife, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.
Lam is believed to have been lying in wait for his sister-in-law, the victim’s mother, at Cheung Ching Estate in Tsing Yi at around 8 a.m. Tuesday.
He wanted to confront her over a family dispute but instead ran into his 25-year-old niece, surnamed Ng, who was leaving home for work.
As the pair quarrelled in the outdoor car park, Lam pulled a 10-inch knife out and attacked Ng.
Residents nearby rushed to rescue Ng, who was wounded on her head and arms, and took the knife away from Lam.
Ng was taken to a hospital in an ambulance.
Police arrested Lam, who was yelling that he was the victim of a scam involving hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The report said Lam married a woman from mainland China several years ago, and his wife was subsequently granted the right of abode in Hong Kong.
As Lam could no longer work because of his age, he had to rely on his wife, who worked on construction sites.
Lam’s wife moved out of their flat and filed for a divorce last year after she called police complaining of violent treatment by her husband, who often gambled.
Lam was then often seen hanging around Cheung Ching Estate, where his sister-in-law lives, in search of his ex-wife and demanding a sum of over HK$100,000 (US$12,900).
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