Date
27 July 2017
The high court said the father would live in pain for the rest of his life because of what he had done. Photo: HKEJ
The high court said the father would live in pain for the rest of his life because of what he had done. Photo: HKEJ

Man who killed autistic son jailed for four years

A man who killed his mentally disabled son was sentenced to four years in jail by the High Court.

Choy Sin-hung, 61, had pleaded guilty to manslaughter for stabbing his 15-year-old son in bed about a hundred times in June 2014, public broadcaster RTHK reports.

The court heard that Choy had been taking care of his son so his wife could work.

He received a call from a teacher who complained that his son had been hitting people in school.

The boy, who suffered from autism and hyperactivity, then hit his father when they got home. The teen’s younger brother got so scared that he left home.

The father became too stressed that he killed his son. Choy then left a suicide note and tried to kill himself.

Justice Maggie Poon said Choy would live in pain for the rest of his life because of what he had done.

She said Choy had never hit his son before, and had simply lost his mind, resulting in the killing of his son.

She also said the defendant had previously suffered from depression.

The defendant had sacrificed himself so that his wife and their younger son could live normal lives, the judge said.

She also noted that the psychological report on Choy shows that he is not a major threat to society and it is unlikely he will re-offend.

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