A 102-year-old resident of an elderly home in Lam Tin has been arrested after he allegedly attacked an 87-year-old fellow boarder with a pair of scissors while the latter was asleep.
The suspect, surnamed Lau, was taken to a police station, while his alleged victim, surnamed Cheung, was discharged from hospital after treatment.
The two have been on an unfriendly terms and often quarrelled, Apple Daily reports.
The incident followed an argument over the use of a toilet. Lau used a pair of 15-centimeter scissors to attack Cheung.
Lau stabbed Cheung’s forehead several times, resulting in multiple scratches and wounds.
The facility houses about 100 physically impaired seniors who lack the ability to care for themselves, according to Sing Tao Daily.
Employees of the home refused to comment on the incident due to privacy concerns.
A spokesperson for the Social Welfare Department said the facilty — SAGE Mrs. Y.K. Fung Home for the Elderly – is subsidised by the government and has no record of similar incidents.
It said it will send staff to review the facilities and services.
Barrister Albert Luk said assault is a serious offense and most cases result in jail terms.
However, in this instance the judge would take into account the seriousness of the injuries and the defendant’s mental state.
Age will also be a valid reason to plead for leniency, Luk said.
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