Journo fights for life after Lennon wall stabbing

Top News | Cindy Wan 21 Aug 2019

A journalist is fighting for her life after she and two others were stabbed by a lone attacker in front of a "Lennon wall" in Tseung Kwan O yesterday.

A 50-year-old suspect, surnamed Hung, was arrested at the Lo Wu border checkpoint some 15 hours after the knife attack.

He was returning to Hong Kong when arrested shortly after 3pm.

The 26-year-old journalist, surnamed Wong, had resigned as a reporter at the Hong Kong Economic Journal and was about to begin her new job at Ming Pao Weekly.

She remained in critical condition at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being stabbed in the back, lung, arm and shoulder in the tunnel between Hau Tak Estate and King Lam Estate at around 1am yesterday.

Another woman, surnamed Lee, 35, sustained hand and leg injuries and was admitted to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, while a 24-year-old man, Leung, has been discharged from the same hospital after receiving seven stitches to his head.

Police said the suspect admitted he had been drinking before the incident, but his motive was still under investigation.

A witness said he approached several people who were handling memos on the wall and chatted with them.

But the witness said he suddenly yelled: "I cannot bear it any more," before whipping out a knife to attack Lee.

Wong tried to shield Lee, but was stabbed twice in the back and shoulder, the witness said.

Leung, a passerby, tried to stop Hung with a wooden ladder, but the attacker took out a second knife to slash his head, the witness continued.

Security footage showed the suspect going into Kar Ming House of Chung Ming Court, near the MTR Hang Hau Station. He changed from a blue shirt into a red one and was seen on video using the escalator twice wearing different clothes.

Police recovered a 29-centimeter knife in the tunnel and a 31cm knife in a nearby rubbish bin.

A bloodstained blue shirt and a pair of navy blue shorts were found in a bin by Tseung Kwan O residents. Police brought Hung back to his flat yesterday afternoon.

Some Tseung Kwan O residents accused police of being inefficient in their investigation, saying the officers did not check the security footage and block all building entrances.

Chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch John Tse Chun-chung denied the officers had been slow in probing the case. He said the patrolling officers and members from the police emergency unit arrived at the scene within five minutes after receiving the report at 1.36am.

"Police do not tolerate any violence, regardless of the suspect's and victims' backgrounds," he said.

Senior superintendent Kong Wing-cheung said the main goal of the officers were to rescue the injured and pursue the suspect. The officers went to the man's home to arrest him, but he had already left. The wounding case is being investigated by the Tseung Kwan O regional crime unit.

Tycoon Richard Li Tzar Kai, chairman of Pacific Century Group, which owns the Hong Kong Economic Journal, condemned the violent incident and promised to pay the injured journalist's medical bills.

cindymt.wan@singtaonewscorp.com

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