An 80-year-old man called the police after killing his paralyzed wife, 76, at their residence at Yiu Tung Estate in Shau Kei Wan on Tuesday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing the police.
Police said the man used a bamboo stick to strangle his wife, who could not move after suffering a stroke three years ago.
He was with his wife for eight hours, before calling the police at around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the newspaper said. The case has been classified as murder.
Neighbors said the two were a loving couple who lost their only son about ten years ago.
The wife had a brief stay at a nursery home before moving back to their flat. The old man would bathe her and clean up after her on a daily basis.
Neighbors said the old man, surnamed Wong, could have decided to put an end to his wife’s misery as her condition continued to deteriorate, Ming Pao Daily reported.
After killing his wife, Wong took a shower, went downstairs for breakfast, and returned to the flat, police said.
Chief Inspector Lam Yiu of the Eastern Police District said the deceased, surnamed Lam, was found dead in bed with bruises around her neck.
Police had no previous record of domestic violence involving the couple, Lam added.
Eastern District Council member Dominic Wong Chi-chung said there are many elderly residents with chronic diseases in the district.
He said he would encourage them to take part in community activities and refer some cases to the Social Welfare Department.
Legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung said the case reflects the lack of government support for patients with chronic diseases.
As of the end of April, more than 8,000 applicants were awaiting coverage in the government’s Integrated Home Care Services and Day Care Centers.
The average waiting time is 11 months, or two months longer than the period in mid-2016.
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