Gran on murder rap in hospital

Local | Phoebe Ng 21 Mar 2018

A grandmother facing a charge of killing her six-year-old grandson was still in hospital yesterday and missed a court hearing.

Kan Kwai-fong, 52, faces a count of murder after the boy, Cheng Ting-hin, was found dead in a Wan Chai love hotel on Sunday.

She was due to appear at the Eastern Magistrates' Courts. However, prosecutors said Kan could not attend as she was still in hospital.

Principal Magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen adjourned the hearing to Friday.

Kan is remanded in police custody. She may attend a hearing earlier than Friday if she is deemed fit or discharged.

Kan, who reported that she was a cleaner, lives at Yiu On Estate in Ma On Shan.

The indictment alleged that Kan murdered Cheng at the Beverly Hotel in Capital Building on Lockhart Road, Wan Chai.

The Primary One student suffered from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Kan and Cheng's mother took turns taking care of the boy and it is understood that Kan may have developed depression.

Kan allegedly strangled the boy with the straps of a backpack after they checked into the hotel.

She then rushed out in panic and told staff the Cheng had collapsed. The woman also tried to stab herself with a knife, but was stopped by hotel staff.

Both were rushed to Ruttonjee Hospital, but Cheng was certified dead on Sunday at 2am.

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