A 35-year-old man was arrested for allegedly trying to kill his two children with rat poison at their home after his wife left them.
The incident happened at a village house on Tong Hang Road in Tuen Mun at around 1 a.m. on Monday, Sing Tao Daily reports.
Apparently intoxicated, Tsui took out rat poison and tried to force his eight-year-old daughter and six-year-old son to take it, according to Apple Daily.
Fortunately, their cries for help were heard by Tsui’s sister, who came from mainland China to help look after the children in the absence of their mother.
Tsui’s sister pulled the boy away from Tsui, who proceeded to try to strangle his daughter.
But Tsui’s sister and the children managed to escape and lock themselves inside the bedroom.
When Tsui repeatedly tried to kick the door open, his sister called the police.
A police emergency unit arrived, arrested the father and sent the two children to a hospital.
The girl had bruises around her neck while the young boy was in shock.
It was learned that Tsui, who was involved in the funeral business, got married to a mainland woman nine years ago.
Recently, the couple had been quarreling over money matters, and during the Lunar New Year, the 30-year-old wife left Tsui and the children.
Tsui had not been able to contact her since.
Szeto Hon-ming, a director at the Family and Career Development Service of Hong Kong, said the suspect had made a correct decision in seeking help from his sister.
However, the incident could have been avoided if he had sought counselling from a social worker, Szeto said.
The Social Welfare Department will offer assistance to the family, a spokesperson said.
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