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Three charged after bloody brawl in Areia Preta

Divorced couple’s quarrel over money boils over, with one man rushed to hospital with serious stab wounds.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:52 am

Police have revealed further details about the brawl which erupted in Areia Preta on Monday in which a man was stabbed with a 13-centimetre knife.

Judiciary Police (PJ) spokesman Chong Kam Leong said that the two local victims are a father and son aged 68 and 33 respectively. Two local suspects, both surnamed Lei, are father and daughter, aged 67 and 34 respectively. The other suspect surnamed Lin, Lei’s boyfriend, is a non-resident worker from mainland China who works as a hairdresser.

Chong noted that the couple divorced in 2020, adding that the ex-wife had since reported her ex-husband to the police for domestic violence, blackmail and fraud, while the ex-husband accused her of robbery in 2021. Chong did not provide any details of the cases except to say that they had been transferred to the Public Prosecutions Office (MP).

According to Chong, early on Monday morning Lei and her boyfriend, Lin, went to a flat where the victims live in Block 14 of Hoi Pan Garden estate on Estrada Marginal da Areia Preta to demand money, totalling MOP 600,000, related to previous disputes with her ex-husband, but were only able to speak to his father. The suspects then verbally abused his father, Chong said, adding that the father called the police for assistance, after which police officers arrived at the scene to mediate and persuaded the two suspects to leave.

Chong said that the two suspects waited downstairs for her ex-husband to return. Meanwhile, the ex-wife called her father to wait with them. At 1 pm on Monday, the trio intercepted the father-and-son and got into a heated argument, which escalated into an assault against the son, Chong said, adding that the father could not stop the attackers, and Lin stabbed the son on the left side of his chest with a 13-centimetre knife, wounding him severely. 

Chong said that police arrested the daughter and Lin at the scene as her father had left before they arrived, while the victims were rushed to the Conde de São Januário Hospital Centre for emergency treatment. 

According to the Fire Services Bureau, the son suffered severe bleeding on the left side of his chest. He was also bleeding from stab wounds to his left forearm and left index finger.

According to Chong, the victim’s father sustained injuries to his face and a chest fracture, while the son was still in critical condition after yesterday’s surgery. 

Under questioning, the ex-wife admitted that she attacked her ex-husband’s back with a key, while Lin admitted that he brought the knife with him to attack the 33-year-old victim, Chong said, adding that the ex-wife’s father also went to the police later that day to help with the investigation. Chong said that the ex-wife’s father denied attacking his daughter’s ex-husband, but confessed that he assaulted the victim’s father. 

The trio were transferred to the Public Prosecutions Office yesterday for further questioning, facing aggravated assault charges, while Lin also faces a charge of carrying an illegal weapon, The Macau Post Daily reported. 

 

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 12:52 am

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