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Police have detained a 75-year-old man in connection with the murder of his landlord, who was found bludgeoned to death in a Yuen Long village house. The suspect was arrested on Sunday evening near the three-storey building in Tin Sam Tsuen, where the decomposing body of the 80-year-old victim was found with multiple head injuries inside a locked room on the ground floor.
A police source said the deceased man’s face was so badly smashed that investigators could not confirm his identity immediately. The landlord owned the ground-floor flat, which had been partitioned into three rooms. He had lived in one of the rooms and rented the others to two tenants, including the suspect.
Investigators believe the suspect had been on bad terms with the landlord due to an issue over the latter’s visitors. Acting senior superintendent Li Kwai-wah of the New Territories North regional headquarters said the pair had had a dispute followed by a physical clash inside the flat at about 1pm on April 16, when the suspect attacked the victim with a hammer.
The suspect, who was seen near the crime scene and had been assisting with the police investigation before his eventual arrest, earlier told the press that he was just a friend, not a tenant, and knew nothing about the case. “His information did not match what he provided at the beginning. Our further investigation showed that he was involved in the case,” Li said.
The landlord was an indigenous villager from nearby Ha Tsuen, and he sometimes stayed overnight in the room. The handcuffed and masked suspect was escorted back to the crime scene on Sunday night as part of the investigation. Li said police would launch for search for the hammer on Monday. The New Territories North regional crime unit is investigating.
About 10 Hongkongers travelling in Jiangxi province were injured after a wooden bridge at tourist spot Dujuan Mountain suddenly collapsed on Saturday. The Hong Kong Immigration Department has confirmed the accident and is verifying the number of tourists hurt. It is understood that the injured Hongkongers are in stable condition.
A source close to the matter said the bridge located at the ticket checkpoint at Dujuan Mountain, part of the Jinggang Mountains range, suddenly fell apart at about 4pm on Saturday. “There were around 20 Hongkongers at the scene. Some had minor injuries while others were taken to hospitals for medical treatment,” the source said. He added that the tourists belonged to a tour group led by a Tai Po district councillor. “The councillor was taking a group of 200 to visit the Jinggang Mountains. It is unclear why 20 of them were at the accident spot,” the source continued. An Immigration Department spokesman said the authority was following the situation closely.
Three children and two men were injured on Saturday morning when an alcohol stove blew up at a popular campsite on Lantau. Police said the stove exploded at Pui O Campsite, in the south of the island, as one of the men was adding fuel.
A woman told media: “I heard a loud bang and saw fire nearby. My husband and other people immediately rushed to put out the fire.” Another witness said he used wet towels to douse the flames, which damaged numerous tents.
The injured – two girls and a boy all aged nine, and two men aged 44 and 46 – were taken to hospital in North Lantau Island for treatment to leg injuries and were later discharged. The fire was put out before officers arrived. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and the Fire Services Department was investigating.
Source: Coconuts HK/Appledaily
A sex worker and her client were both arrested yesterday after they got into a scuffle over payment.
At around 11am yesterday, a 64-year-old man surnamed Lau hired a prostitute surnamed Kong in Yau Ma Tei, Apple Daily reports. The pair went to a nearby hotel on Waterloo Road, but apparently got into a dispute over pricing after having sex.
Lau reportedly refused to settle up and, upon hearing Kong threaten to call the police, took her phone and ran out of the room. Kong chased him, yelling for help along the way, and eventually caught the 64-year-old at Yau Ma Tei MTR Station with the help of passersby.
Once she caught up with Lau, Kong reportedly took off one of her high-heeled shoes and hit the man with it until he was pulled off by witnesses. Police officers arrived on the scene to arrest the pair for fighting in a public place. Both Lau and Kong sustained injuries and were sent to the hospital for treatment.
A pest controller admitted in a Hong Kong court on Thursday that he sexually assaulted his 11-year-old adopted daughter on four occasions in a bunk bed shared by the family. His relatives and friends called for leniency as they wrote in mitigation that he committed the crime only in “a moment of stupidity”. But judge David Dufton warned: “Clearly the defendant is going to jail for years.”
The 67-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the girl’s identity, pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent assault, which is punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment. He will be sentenced on May 29. The District Court heard the assaults began in December 2015, when the man climbed into his daughter’s upper bunk and molested her over her pyjamas. “She felt disgusted and turned her back to him,” a clerk read. “The defendant [then] stopped.” But the man threatened to hit the girl if she disclosed the incident to anyone. The assaults gradually escalated last May but stopped short of penetration.
On November 8 last year, his wife caught him molesting their daughter in the lower bunk. She explained to her daughter that it was a serious matter and reported the case to police. Defence counsel Karen Cheung said that her client had “little to say for mitigation” except that he was remorseful. “He regretted what he had done and the damage to the girl,” she said. The man also wrote to judge Dufton explaining that he would accept the legal consequences and receive psychological treatment after 128 days of reflection in custody.