A 48-year-old man suspected of robbing and raping a 22-year old woman in Kowloon Bay on Sunday committed suicide in police custody, Apple Daily reports, citing officials.
The suspect, surnamed Lam, hanged himself at the Sau Mau Ping Police Station at about 9 a.m. on Thursday, according to RTHK. He was taken to the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong where he was certified dead.
Police arrested Lam on Wednesday in his Po Tat Estate home in Sau Mau Ping after he tried to withdraw money from an ATM using bank cards stolen from his victim, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Sources said Lam tried to access the victim’s bank account in Lam Tin Sceneway Garden but the bank card was retained by the ATM after he keyed in the wrong passcode, according to news website HK01.com.
After raping and robbing the victim, Lam tried to wash away evidence on the woman’s body with water. Police were able to identify him from CCTV footage from where he bought a bottle of water before committing the crime.
Police found three smartphones in Lam’s apartment, including an iPhone said to belong to the victim.
The suspect was unemployed and had a long criminal history of robbery and burglary. He was first arrested at the age of nine but it was the first time he had been involved in a sexual assault.
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