Hong Kong woman arrested after husband found fatally slashed in flat

Hong Kong police have arrested a woman on suspicion of killing her husband at their flat in Tseung Kwan O before attempting to take her own life.

The force said on Sunday morning the 32-year-old woman allegedly slashed her husband, a 30-year-old IT engineer, with a 30cm-long fruit knife as he slept on a couch at their flat in Lohas Park Phase 9 at around 11pm the night before.

Tsang Chun-kit, assistant district commander for Tseung Kwan O district, said the woman, who works as a clerk, had been suffering from severe depression since the birth of her son.

“The woman’s mental state is a major direction [in the investigation], as she had severe depression after giving birth to the child and had been regularly seeing a private psychiatrist,” he said.

Tsang added that the couple had been married for five years and showed no signs of having financial problems, while police had no record of any past incidents involving the pair.

The boy, aged 1½ years, was being looked after by his paternal grandfather when the incident happened, he said.

Tsang said the woman later called her father-in-law to tell him about the slashing and her plans to take her own life, prompting him to call police.

Officers rushed to the scene and discovered the husband unconscious as he sat on the couch in a pool of blood, before finding the woman in the couple’s bedroom.

The couple were sent to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where the husband was later pronounced dead. The woman is currently in police custody.

The case has been classified as a murder and attempted suicide.

If you have suicidal thoughts, or you know someone who is, help is available. For Hong Kong, dial +852 18111 for the government-run “Mental Health Support Hotline” or +852 2896 0000 for The Samaritans and +852 2382 0000 for Suicide Prevention Services. In the US, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

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