A love triangle ended in tragedy yesterday when a jilted man allegedly stabbed his 24-year-old former girlfriend to death and later wounded her new lover.
The suspect, named Poon, 30, was arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder.
The new boyfriend, Chan, 20, was in hospital last night after being wounded in the head and neck.
The three were colleagues working in the same security section of the Coastal Skyline private estate in Tung Chung.
Poon was said to have been dating Law for the past six months. However, about a month ago, the well-built Chan joined the company and sparks started to fly secretly between him and Law. It all came to a head at 3pm yesterday when Poon in a fit of jealousy chased after Chan outside the estate clubhouse and allegedly stabbed him with a knife.
Police were called and Poon then revealed to officers what had happened.
Officers raced to Law's flat in Tai Po and found her lying unconscious on a bed. She had a 26-centimeter knife stuck in her back.
She was certified dead at the scene by ambulancemen.
Tai Po district commander Paul Edwin Stripp said police found multiple stab wounds on her back when they broke into the flat in Kui Wo House, Tai Wo Estate. One of the blows is said to have speared her heart.
Stripp said Chan suffered two knife wounds - one two centimeters long and another one centimeter on the back of his head.
He was admitted to Princess Margaret Hospital in stable condition.
Poon allegedly told police he plotted the attack on Law and Chan after being jilted for the younger man and became blinded by jealousy. He said he called on Law at 6pm on Wednesday and stabbed her.
Law's mother was called to identify the body and collapsed in tears, wailing "My daughter is dead."
Senior social worker Lam Tat said such cases are not uncommon among youngsters who fall in and out of love without properly advising the other party.
"One should be decisive when choosing partners," Lam said.
"Tell and explain your choice to the partner once you have made up your mind as this could lead to one party suffering an emotional breakdown."