A 57-year-old man was arrested by police on Wednesday on suspicion of killing his wife and trying to pass off her death as a suicide case.
According to Apple Daily, the husband, who is believed to be unemployed, called the police at around 2:55 pm and informed them that his wife, 40, attempted to commit suicide at home.
After arriving at their flat in Nam Lok House building in Nam Shan Estate, a public housing estate in Shek Kip Mei, police and paramedics saw a woman lying unconscious on the floor.
Paramedics rushed her to Caritas Medical Centre, where she was pronounced dead.
While the husband claimed that his wife killed herself, the police were skeptical of his claims as they noticed injuries on the woman’s back, and also didn’t find a knife at the scene.
A search in the building led the officers to uncover a fruit knife in a rubbish bin near a staircase on the same floor where the couple’s flat was located.
An examination led to the conclusion that it may have been the weapon that was used to inflict grievous injuries to the woman.
And the husband was arrested on suspicion of killing his wife.
Man Chi-yeung, chief inspector (crime) of the police’s Sham Shui Po district unit, said initial investigation suggested that a relationship dispute was likely to be what led to the crime.
The case has been listed as murder, and the husband placed under custody.
Post-mortem examinations will be conducted on the victim to ascertain the cause of her death.
A source told Apple Daily that the husband had suspected his wife, who was from Huizhou in Guangdong province, had an extra-marital affair.
The pair was heard quarrelling multiple times in the recent past, according to the source.
Following Wednesday’s death and the arrest, the couple’s two sons, 16, and 10, will, for the time being, be put under the care of the Social Welfare Department.
The department will provide the family with appropriate support and assistance with respect to their welfare needs.
The case is being followed up by the crime squad of Sham Shui Po district.
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