Police have charged a father of two with the abduction of another child from a hospital in a bizarre attempt to prove to a girlfriend that the kids were not really his.
Tse Tsz-kit, 36, apparently jobless, will appear at Kowloon Magistracy today when more details are expected to emerge about how he tried to show the girlfriend that he was free of binding ties to his wife and two children.
He was arrested in Tak Hing Street in Jordan on Monday night and taken to his home at Fu Yan House, Fu Shan Estate, yesterday for further investigation and to collect evidence. That included taking his clothes for chemical testing.
And a woman arrested last month for alleged involvement in the case was cleared completely yesterday.
Tse's frightening and extraordinary action was explained by a Standard source as a kidnapping spurred by his efforts to convince the girlfriend she should have no qualms about being in a relationship with him.
He told the girlfriend he had broken off any relationship with his wife and was planning to divorce her. He also claimed that a boy and girl were his wife's children from a previous marriage.
But the girlfriend accused Tse of lying after seeing him with the two children.
That apparently triggered a desperate attempt by Tse to prove the children were not his, the source said.
He dashed into Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the morning of December 17 and snatched a girl of similar age to his daughter. He took a saliva sample from the crying youngster and then dumped her outside a Japanese eatery in Nathan Road.
She was found - uninjured - at about 11.25am on the stairs there by a staffer, who called police.
Officers had already received a report at 11am from a woman about her daughter disappearing at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after seeing a doctor,
Tse, meanwhile, took the girl's saliva sample to a Jordan laboratory for DNA testing, apparently with the idea of showing the results to the girlfriend in a bid to prove he did not have kids. But the scheme came apart fast. Tse was identified from footage on the hospital's closed circuit television system. Police also found a face mask in a garbage can in Jordan - and that has gone for DNA testing that could tie Tse to the child grab.
Investigators remain unsure about how much planning went into the kidnap, but they are said to be convinced it was an act by an individual and had no connection with crime syndicates, triads or kidnappers from the mainland.
That finding follows speculation there was a family feud because the abducted child is the daughter of a man's second wife.
In fact, the man's first wife, a 56-year-old named Siu, was arrested for alleged involvement in the case. She is the woman who has now been cleared of any involvement in the kidnap. The assistant district police commander of Yau Tsim, Man Tat-shing, also said that Tse did not know the victim's family and the case did not involve a ransom.
The source revealed too that police do not intend to arrest Tse's girlfriend as - not surprisingly - there was no evidence that she knew what he was doing.