A woman arrived home in time to save her estranged husband and their children from an apparent murder-suicide by smoke inhalation.
The incident happened Tuesday in Tsuen Wan when the man, surnamed Cheung, tried to kill himself and his three young children by burning charcoal in their Yau Kom Tau Village flat, Sing Tao Daily reports.
Cheung, a vegetable transport owner, and his wife, surnamed Law, are going through a divorce which the latter initiated.
Cheung’s business is struggling and he is facing an assault lawsuit from his wife.
The couple had a big argument on Monday night. Law left the flat the next morning and received a call that Cheung had not turned up for work.
When she arrived home, the flat was filled with smoke and she called the police.
Officers arrived and saved Cheung and two children with him in his room. Another child was in an adjoining bedroom.
The three children were conscious when they were taken to Princess Margaret Hospital while Cheung had passed out. A live-in domestic helper was also taken to hospital.
Wanda Hau, an assistant director of Against Child Abuse, said help is available for troubled people and they should seek counselling.
Priscilla Lui, a former social worker and now chairperson of the Hong Kong Committee on Children’s Rights, told Apple Daily that parents should understand that there is always hope.
She said they should never underestimate the negative effects of their suicidal tendencies on their children.
EJ Insight supports efforts to help people deal with depression and related issues. Here is the 24-hour multilingual suicide prevention hotline of The Samaritans: +852 2896 0000 (or email [email protected]).
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