Bloody 'murder' scene turns out to be suicide

Top News | Jane Cheung 22 Jul 2021

A murder investigation in a Yau Ma Tei hotel yesterday turned out to be a suicide, with a 28-year-old man killing himself by slashing himself many times with a knife.

Cheng Chi-fai, who was listed as a missing person earlier, had knife injuries to his neck, arms and hands when he was found inside a room at the Kings Hotel on Temple Street.

The shocking scene was discovered by a hotel worker who went to look for Cheng as he had not checked out on schedule by noon.

The employee came upon a gruesome scene, with Cheng unconscious on a blood-soaked bed and bloodstains across the floor.

Police received an emergency call from the hotel 16 minutes past noon, but when officers and paramedics arrived they found Cheng dead. A blood-stained knife was discovered in the room.

Officers called in the case as suspected murder initially and started checking surveillance cameras to see who else might have been in the room. Meanwhile, criminal investigation and forensic teams were arriving. But a preliminary investigation concluded it was not a murder and police reclassified the case as a dead body found. An autopsy will be conducted to find the precise cause of death.

Sources said Cheng had stayed in a hotel in Tsing Yi on Monday and Tuesday, and during that time he attempted to set fire to curtains in his room. He also left a suicide note and insurance documents in the room.

But he had gone missing after leaving the hotel on Tuesday morning even while family members were calling police.

Police had earlier yesterday issued a missing person notice for Cheng, describing a man who stood about 170 centimeters tall and weighed 68 kilograms. When last seen alive Cheng was wearing a short-sleeved black top, black shorts and black sneakers.

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