Guesthouse employee arrested as couple’s charcoal suicide incident in Cheung Chau results in one fatality and drug possession allegations

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Bela Vista Villa

26th August 2023 – (Hong Kong) At around 12pm yesterday at Bela Vista Villa in Cheung Chau, a 60-year-old female staff member of the guesthouse, identified as Cheung, reported a distressing situation. It was suspected that a couple had collapsed inside one of the guesthouse rooms. Upon arrival, paramedics discovered a small amount of suspected ketamine inside the room, along with a tray of burnt charcoal on the balcony. The woman was found unconscious and immediately rushed to St. John Hospital in Cheung Chau for medical treatment. Unfortunately, she could not be saved. However, the man remained conscious and was also admitted to the same hospital.

The police, who arrived at the scene, did not find any suicide notes. It is believed that the deceased woman, surnamed Hui, was a tenant at the guesthouse. The exact cause of her death is yet to be determined pending the autopsy report. The 46-year-old man, surnamed Wong, who accompanied her, is believed to be her boyfriend.

Following an investigation, the police suspect that Cheung had moved the tray of charcoal and falsely claimed that there was no charcoal in the room. As a result, she was arrested on the charge of “misleading a police officer.” Wong, on the other hand, was arrested for the offence of “drug possession.” The case is currently being handled by the Marine Police Regional Crime Unit and is categorised as involving suicide, attempted suicide, drug possession, and misleading a police officer. It appears that both financial and emotional issues had troubled the individuals involved, leading to this unfortunate incident.

If you have suicidal tendencies or depression, please call the 24-hour multi-lingual hotline at The Samaritans Hong Kong : 28960000.