Rape, robbery suspect found dead in police custody
48-year-old man discovered hanging in detention room following his arrest on Wednesday on suspicion of having attacked a 22-year-old woman
The suspect in the rape and robbery of a 22-year-old Hong Kong woman was found dead in the detention center of Sau Mau Ping Police Station in Kwun Tong this morning.
The 48-year-old was discovered hanging and unconscious around 9am the day after he was arrested, RTHK reported. He was sent to the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong, where he was pronounced dead. Police said the case was a suspected suicide.
The jobless man, was accused of raping a 22-year-old woman at the footbridge on Kwun Tong Road and taking away her mobile phone, bank and credit cards. Police caught him as he tried to withdraw money with the victim’s bank card.
The dead man, a drug addict, had been estranged from his family for a long time and was living alone in Sau Chi House of Sau Mau Ping Estate, Kwun Tong, for six or seven years, Metro Daily reported.
He had more than 30 criminal records, including robbery, burglary, theft, drug trafficking and criminal damage, dating back as early as the age of nine. It was the first that he was alleged to have been involved in a sex crime, according to a police source.
His previous notable crime was in June 2000, in which he broke into United Services Recreation Club on Gascoigne Road in Yau Ma Tei and fled with valuables belonging to three expatriates. He mistakenly entered the Gun Club Hill Barracks nearby and was intercepted by two PLA soldiers, Apple Daily reported.