A Hong Kong woman was in a critical condition in hospital yesterday, with burns on 70 per cent of her body, after another woman attacked her with a knife and corrosive drain cleaner.
Police said the two had apparently fallen out over money.
Officers received a report at 9.30am on Sunday that a woman, surnamed Huang, 46, had been splashed with corrosive liquid and stabbedafter an argument at a flat in Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon.
The victim, suffering burns to 70 per cent of her body, was unconscious and in a life threatening condition when sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Jordan, Assistant District Commander Chung Chi-ming said. She was later transferred to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.
The 48-year-old suspect, surnamed Dan, suffered minor head injuries and burns to her arms. She was sent to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.
Dan went up to the flat carrying a 10-inch fruit knife and a bottle of drain cleaner, Chung said.
“We believe the injured person runs a foot spa parlour in Sham Shui Po and the arrested person is her employee,” he added.
“We believe the attack is related to a monetary dispute. The arrested person had previously borrowed money from the victim.”
Dan was held in police custody overnight and the case is being investigated by the force’s Mong Kok district crime unit.
Recently, a mother of two was jailed for six years and eight months in February for throwing a highly acidic drain cleaner after a lovers’ spat in 2015.
In one of Hong Kong’s most high profile acid attacks, nine men received jail sentences of nine to 15 years in 2009 for attacking barrister Neil Mitchell with diluted sulphuric acid.