Granny tells of fateful call that led to tragedy

Local | Maisy Mok 5 Jun 2020

A woman who allegedly strangled her grandson to death told the High Court that Samaritan Befrienders Hong Kong's hotline told her to either commit suicide or someone would take her grandson away from her.

Kan Kwai-fong, 55, was charged with murdering her six-year-old grandson Endless Cheng Ting-hin with a rucksack strap in a hotel in Wan Chai on March 18, 2018.

Having pled not guilty, Kan yesterday appeared before High Court justice Esther Toh Lye-ping. She wasn't represented.

She told the court she called Samaritan Befrienders two days before the alleged murder, when she told the anti-suicide hotline she was "very worried about the grandson's learning difficulties and behavioral problems."

Kan recalled telling the hotline: "I want to jump off the building with my grandson."

But she said the hotline officer told her she could either carry out her suicide plan or continue to take care of her grandson until someone took him away.

"I wanted to die after the call," Kan said, adding that she started composing a suicide note immediately afterward.

Kan also told the court her husband had left her for a mistress and her son had died from cancer at the age of two.

She added she had attempted to commit suicide after discovering her husband was addicted to gambling, had run away with his mistress, and stole money from her.

Also, Kan said she had to take care of her two daughters on her own and repay her husband's debts.

Kan had taken care of her grandson since he was a year old after her daughter broke up with Cheng's father.

She said she thought Cheng had mental issues and had taken him to a pediatrician.

Kan said that on March 18, 2018, the idea of strangling Cheng crossed her mind when he yelled at her for not knowing how to play with a toy and called her "stupid."

While she initially dropped the thought of strangling him, the thought returned to her when she had trouble sleeping.

When she realized what she was doing, he was "not moving anymore."

The trial continues today.

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