Date
22 September 2019
Police are investigating a suspected murder and attempted suicide case in Tseung Kwan O, with a 55-year-old woman taken into custody. Photo: HKEJ
Police are investigating a suspected murder and attempted suicide case in Tseung Kwan O, with a 55-year-old woman taken into custody. Photo: HKEJ

Woman, 55, arrested for killing son before attempting suicide

A 55-year-old woman has been arrested in Tseung Kwan O over the weekend on suspicion of drugging her son and killing him before attempting to take her own life.

The Crime Squad of Tseung Kwan O Police District is investigating the case that took place at Shin Ming Estate, a public housing estate in the district.

At around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, a male security guard in the residential complex informed the police about a woman who was wandering in a seemingly a dazed manner at a building.

After arriving at the scene, police located the woman and sent her, who was in semi-conscious state, to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Inspecting her apartment, officers found a young man lying unconscious on a sofa, with strangulation marks visible on his neck.

The victim, a 23-year-old who was confirmed to be the woman’s son, was certified dead at the scene.

It was believed that young man had been dead for one or two days.

Initial investigations suggested that the mother, who apparently suffered depression and psychosis, may have poisoned her son by lacing his food with some drug and later killed him by strangulating him with a wire.

It was also found that the woman had attempted to commit suicide afterwards by consuming a toxic substance and hanging herself with an electric wire, but failed in the attempt. 

Police found some pills, suspected poison and electric wires inside the flat. 

The lady was arrested and the case listed as murder and attempted suicide after authorities also found a suicide note, purportedly written by the woman, in the flat.

Post-mortem examinations will be carried out on the son to ascertain the cause of death.

In the suicide note, the mother is said to have written that she had wanted to kill herself but had been worried that her son would be left unattended after she is gone.

Hence, the police believe that she killed her son before attempting suicide.

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