Date
28 July 2017
Cheung Kam-fai (inset) walks after the firebomb attack. He was later sent to Prince of Wales Hospital with third-degree burns. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook
Cheung Kam-fai (inset) walks after the firebomb attack. He was later sent to Prince of Wales Hospital with third-degree burns. Photos: HKEJ, Facebook

MTR arson suspect dies from organ failure

A man suspected of starting a fire on the MTR earlier this year died on Sunday from organ failure.

Cheung Kam-fai had been under police custody at Prince of Wales Hospital after his arrest in the Feb. 10 attack, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Cheung, 60, suffered third-degree burns after he set fire to himself and others.

Sources said a coroner’s court will be called on Cheung’s death.

Any applications by the victims for civil compensation can only be processed after the court’s proceedings, according to Headline Daily.

Barrister Albert Luk said that police investigations have shown that Cheung acted alone.

Cheung was arrested after he threw inflammable liquid on himself and on others and started a fire on an Admiralty-bound train on the Tsuen Wan Line.

Nineteen people were injured but no one was in a life-threatening condition.

Luk said the Department of Justice is likely to withdraw the charge of arson with intent against Cheung, having adjourned the case several times during his hospitalization.

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