Elderly man kills wife, jumps to his death

Top News | Phoebe Ng 15 Jan 2018

Phoebe Ng

An elderly man is believed to have killed his wife before jumping to his death in a public housing estate in Tuen Mun yesterday.

Both were mentally ill, but sources said the man's condition had worsened lately.

It is believed that Chan, 66, slashed to death his wife, 63-year-old Tsang, using a 200cm knife before falling from a height yesterday morning.

The tragedy was discovered by a security guard who found the husband collapsed on the first-floor podium of Hong Lung House, Lung Yat Estate.

Police were alerted at 7.16am and Chan was already died when paramedics arrived.

Police then broke into an 8th-floor apartment and found his wife lying dead in a pool of blood. She had a 5cm cut to her neck and the fruit knife was found next to her body.

No suicide note was found, but police classified the case as suspected murder and suicide.

Detective chief inspector Yip Chun-man said traces of psychiatric drugs were found in the flat, adding: "We are still awaiting medical reports to confirm their mental status."

Police believe the couple were retired and living on social security assistance. The family did not have any history of domestic violence, and Yip said there was no sign of a fight or struggle at the scene and neighbors did not report hearing any arguments.

Sources at the scene said the couple had three daughters and one son. All children had grown up and moved out, leaving the aged couple living together in the 300-square-foot apartment for about three years.

One daughter, in her 30s, was admitted to hospital after identifying the bodies.

Sources also said Chan had been suffering from mental illness for two years and Tsang had suffered from depression for about five years. A Social Welfare Department spokeswoman confirmed its social workers had not dealt with the couple's case.

But it would "reach out" to Chan's family to provide "appropriate assistance."

Clarence Tsang Chin-kwok, director of suicide-prevention center Samaritans, said cases should be closely monitored to prevent such tragedies.

"Looking after a depressed spouse is tough enough already, let alone suffering from a mental illness yourself," Tsang said. "There is no way the pair could get through it without external support, either from their children, social services or a hospital."

Anyone feeling emotionally troubled should seek help from the group's helpline at 2389-2222, he said.

phoebe.ng@singtaonewscorp.com

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