Following multiple suicide attempts, a student from mainland China attempted to murder four women in Hong Kong in hopes of being sentenced to death.
Liu Yueteng, a 26-year-old former university student at a mainland college, pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder in the High Court on Wednesday.
He entered Hong Kong with a round-trip permit on Oct. 1 and checked into a hostel. Liu carried out a stabbing attack on four women who were exercising at Garden Hill in Sham Shui Po on October 11, 2019.
At around 10:10 a.m., he stabbed a 57-year-old woman named Lam King-king in the neck and back with a fruit knife.
The then 24-year-old student also ran after three women who tried to flee the scene. Two 50-year-old women, Wu Bodi and Liu Wenlian, were stabbed in the neck and back. A 54-year-old woman, Zhang Xuandi, also received a stab wound to the left side of her chest and gashes to her left shoulder and neck.
Liu would have admitted to the attacks in interviews, saying he wanted to receive the death penalty after surviving several suicide attempts.
Liu attempted to confess to the Hong Kong bombings while studying in mainland China, knowing there was a death penalty there but not in Hong Kong, but, given that his crime took place on the island, the mainland police were unable to arrest him.
Liu returned to Hong Kong on October 13 and the police arrested him at the Shenzhen Bay checkpoint. In Hong Kong, attempted murder is punishable by life imprisonment.
All four women were able to recover from their physical injuries; however, Lam was diagnosed with delusional and post-traumatic stress disorder by a psychiatrist.
Liu’s sentencing was adjourned until June 6, pending an assessment of his psychiatric condition.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For a list of international suicide hotlines, Click here.
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