A 77-year-old woman was found dead, with her head almost cut off, inside a flat in Kwai Shing Estate on Sunday after her only son jumped from their apartment.
The 34-year-old man, surnamed Lee, quit his day job to care for his sickly mother. He had also hired two domestic helpers, Apple Daily reports.
The victim, Liu Yuk-kwai, was found dead on her bed, her head nearly severed, in their 16th-floor Shing On House apartment in Kwai Chung.
Lee was conscious when he was found by security guards. His fall had been broken by a laundry rack and a tree. He landed on a slope.
He was taken to hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
Lee had told people that he worked in the social welfare sector but had recently started a property management business with his friends.
Liu had been bed-ridden since a few months ago with diabetes, kidney and bladder problems, which were believed to be a major source of stress for Lee.
Neighbors said Liu was a loving son, taking the woman out for walks and dim sum lunches, and even hiring two domestic helpers to care for her.
At around 11:57 a.m. police received a call that a man had fallen from Shing On House.
Before he was taken to hospital, he told police that he had been under “a lot of pressure” looking after his mother.
Kok Wai-shing, Kwai Tsing District assistant commander of crime, said they had listed the case as murder and attempted suicide. Lee was placed under arrest.
The two domestic helpers were brought to the police station to help in the investigation.
Police found masks, gloves, and two bloodstained knives in the apartment.
It was the third case this year in which a caregiver had killed their ward due to sickness or pressure.
In February, a 58-year-old taxi driver killed his wife, who was suffering from a degenerative brain disease, before leaping to his death.
An 80-year-old man strangled his wife who had suffered a stroke. He turned himself in.
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