A 40-year-old man has been arrested for splashing a corrosive liquid at his estranged wife in a busy restaurant in the Tsim Sha Tsui area on Sunday.
The incident took place at the Tsim Tung Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant in Empire Centre building in Tsim Sha Tsui East, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
At around noon, a woman, 40, who was working as a receptionist in the restaurant, found herself suddenly attacked by her husband.
The man approached his wife and threw a liquid — believed to be some kind of acid — on her even as the restaurant was full of diners and there were many onlookers.
The attack left the woman with burns to her face, arms and legs.
According to a witness, the victim shouted out immediately after being attacked and ran into the restaurant with both hands covering her face, but the man just did not stop.
He followed her and kept splashing the liquid on her. Some of the customers were also injured by the splashed corrosive substance.
Police arrived at the scene quickly after receiving an alert and arrested the man, who was still at the scene.
The assailant was waiting calmly, standing at a corner, rather than trying to flee after the attack. He was heard saying that the woman deserves to die.
The victim was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and then transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital. She was said to be in serious condition and there is a possibility she might end up being disfigured.
A total of two customers and three employees of the restaurant were also sent to hospital for minor injuries.
According to media reports, the man and the victim have been married for 20 years and have two daughters, but they had been living separately for some time.
The husband was reportedly suspicious that the woman was having an affair with one of her male colleagues.
The liquid used in the attack was a drain cleaner, according to reports.
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