Mother charged over handicapped son's death

Local | Maisy Mok 8 Sep 2020

A 46-year-old mother was yesterday charged in her absence at West Kowloon magistrates' court over the murder of her intellectually disabled son.

The case was adjourned until September 11 after a brief mention before principal magistrate Peter Law Tak-chuen.

The mother, Chen Xueping, is still in Yan Chai Hospital in Tsuen Wan, under police custody.

Chen was charged with the murder of her 21-year-old son Wong Fat-lun between Friday and Saturday at their home in Ying Kwai House, Kwai Chung Estate.

Assistant district commander for Kwai Tsing Lam Chi-yuen said on Saturday a report was received at 3am that day regarding someone being injured or fainting. Wong was declared dead at Yan Chai Hospital.

"From investigation, we believe the deceased was suffocated to death. The murder weapon could be items such as garbage bags or tablecloths, formed into a string," Lam said.

Chen had attempted suicide and was sent to Yan Chai the same day, Lam said.

Police are still investigating the motive, as the family of five do not have any domestic abuse record. Lam described the family's flat as "neat and tidy."

He also said police have not found evidence to show that Wong was drugged before he died, and they did not find any related drugs.

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