A 34-year-old Hong Kong man was jailed for four years by the High Court on Monday after pleading guilty to one count of attempted murder.
At 10pm on September 3, 2016, defendant Cheung Hung-mai, a truck driver by profession, had a heated argument with his wife at home in Tsui Ping Estate in Kwun Tong. Cheung had borrowed HK$20,000 (US$2,562) from a financial institution to pay compensation for a traffic accident, Sing Pao reported.
When his wife left home at around midnight, Cheung became emotional. He cut his wrist and disconnected a gas pipe in an attempt to kill himself and his three-month-old son. He had believed his wife would never come back and did not want his son to grow up in a single-parent family, as he had.
Fortunately, his wife returned home 20 minutes later and rescued her husband and son.
Judge Maggie Poon said the case was a tragedy. But she said there was no circumstance under which parents could deprive their children of the right to live, Apple Daily reported.