Gran charged with killing boy

Local | Jane Cheung 20 Mar 2018

Police last night charged a grandmother with murdering her six-year-old grandson in a love hotel on Sunday.

The 52-year-old Kan will appear in Eastern Magistrates' Courts later today to face the charge.

Neighbors of the six-year-old boy, who was allegedly strangled by his grandmother, said his father's parents tried to have him live with them, but the grandmother refused.

Kan allegedly told neighbors it was stressful to look after her grandson, surnamed Cheng.

Kan lived with her daughter and Cheng in a flat at Ma On Shan.

One of Kan's neighbors said although Cheng's mother did not marry his father, the father's parents often came to visit him.

"They came once or twice every month," he said.

However, Kan disliked the father's parents and did not let them enter the flat. They could only peep through the door to see Cheng.

He said Cheng's father occasionally came with his parents but Kan got angry and shouted at him every time.

The neighbor noticed Cheng was "unstoppable" once he started playing with other children and suspected he had a hyperactivity disorder but Kan seemed to know about it only recently.

He believed Kan was stressed about taking care of her grandson, and recalled her telling his wife that she "didn't raise him well and couldn't face her daughter." He said Kan has also asked his daughter-in-law if anyone could help her, saying that "I'm so pathetic, now that my grandson grows up like this."

The neighbor said his family was shocked to hear about the murder and said the community lacked support for single-parent families.

Po Leung Kuk Riverain Primary School, where Cheng attended Primary One, said the school was heartbroken about the incident and it would offer assistance to Cheng's family.

The school has also initiated a crisis management mechanism to follow up on the case.

Po Leung Kok also sent two psychologists to the school to provide counselling for students and staff.

The school has alerted parents whose children attended the same class as Cheng to pay attention to their children's emotions and ask for help if necessary.

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