An 80-year-old Hong Kong man was arrested on Tuesday morning on suspicion of killing his chronically ill, disabled wife in a bid to end her suffering.
A police investigation revealed the retiree strangled the woman, 76, in bed in their public housing flat in Shau Kei Wai as he feared no one would take care of her if he fell sick or died, a force insider said.
Neighbours described them as a “loving couple” whose only son died several years ago.
The man called the police to his Yiu Ming House flat on the Yiu Tung Estate shortly after 9am. The investigation suggested the woman had died a few hours earlier.
“He appeared to be calm when he answered the door,” one police source said. “His wife was found unconscious in bed and she was later certified dead by paramedics at the scene.”
A bamboo rod, believed to have been used to strangle her, was also found.
The man was arrested for murder and was being held for questioning at North Point police station. He had not been charged.
The couple were understood to have lived in the public housing flat for about 20 years.
The source said the woman began using a wheelchair after suffering a stroke several years ago and also suffered from a chronic illness.
Around noon, police sealed the flat to collect evidence.
It is the second murder case in the city in eight days.
Last Monday, three Hongkongers were arrested on suspicion of killing their 20-year-old friend near the top of Black Hill, also known as Ng Kwai Shan, in Lam Tin.
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