Singaporean man charged with attempted murder in Australia

The suspect, who has not been officially identified, was charged by Australian police after he underwent a psychiatric assessment.
The suspect, who has not been officially identified, was charged by Australian police after he underwent a psychiatric assessment.PHOTO: 7 NEWS SCREENGRAB

A 31-year-old Singaporean was charged in Australia last night with the attempted murder of a 20-year-old woman from Hong Kong who was living in Brisbane.

Police in the state of Queensland charged him after he underwent a psychiatric assessment in hospital following his arrest the day before.

In a statement, police said he allegedly hit the woman in the head with a hammer and stabbed her multiple times at a residence in the Brisbane suburb of Norman Park on Monday night. He fled on foot after the incident.

The suspect, who has not been officially named, is due to appear in Brisbane court today. He is said to have previously been in a relationship with the victim after meeting her online several months ago.

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Police said he had travelled to Australia once before to see her and arrived again as a tourist on Sunday.

The woman, named by local media as Ms Sherry Cheung, is being treated at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane for a fractured skull.

 

A spokesman for the hospital told The Straits Times that she was recovering well.

"She is very stable at the moment and is up and walking around," the spokesman said. "At this time, there are no long-term injuries that we can see. She is recovering more quickly than expected."

The owners of the residence, which the suspect rented via Airbnb, reportedly heard the attack, causing him to flee wearing only boxer shorts and a T-shirt. He left behind his wallet and passport.

This prompted an overnight manhunt across Brisbane, which finally ended after he was spotted by television news crews returning to the house. The reporters alerted the police, who arrested the man on Tuesday afternoon.

Queensland police are still investigating the reason for the attack.

"I can certainly assure the public that it is not a random attack," said Detective Senior Sergeant Rodney Watts on Tuesday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 11, 2017, with the headline 'S'porean man charged with attempted murder in Australia'. Print Edition | Subscribe