Mong Kok murder: Son held over alleged patricide following dispute over money

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Police last night arrested a 32-year-old Nepalese man who, hours early, allegedly murdered his father with a meat cleaver after a dispute over money.

A police statement identified the victim as a 49-year-old man, who was found unconscious in his Mong Kok flat on Canton Road just after 5pm yesterday having suffered injuries to his head and legs.  

He was rushed to hospital but died about 1am this morning. The suspect, the man’s 32-year-old son, who lived at the flat with his father, was arrested at about 10pm last night, according to reports.

The Mong Kok District Crime Squad  are investigating the alleged patricide, which appears to be over money, according to reports.

“Initial investigation revealed that the man had a dispute with his 32-year-old son, during which the son attacked his father with a cleaver,” police said in their statement.

“Police arrested the son for murder. A cleaver in suspected connection with the case was seized at scene.”

According to RTHK, the son was arrested in Yau Ma Tei and was the oldest of three siblings.

Chung Chi-ming, assistant Mong Kok district commander, said the dispute started after the suspected attempted to borrow money from his father, according to the SCMP. Traces of a struggle were evident at the scene, he added.

“The flat showed signs of fighting and was full of blood, which we believe belonged to the [father],” he said, according to the SCMP.

Ming Pao reported the dispute happened about 3pm yesterday. Citing other local reports, the outlet wrote the victim first notified family members of the attack. Police were called later when concern for his injuries grew.

The attack followed a separate but similar case also on the weekend, which saw a 36-year-old woman arrested for slashing her elderly father with a chopping knife in Chai Wan, wrote the SCMP.

The victim in that case, aged 83, suffered serious issues following the dispute, which related to “family issues.”

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