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A gambler nearly caused a family tragedy. A compulsive gambler who lives in Wong Tai Sin owed people a lot of money due to his gambling habit. Debt collectors have been chasing after him in numerous occasions. His wife is doing two jobs to pay for his debt. Yesterday morning, she asked for a divorce as she could not stand it any more. An argument broke out, Leung locked himself in the kitchen, and than he used a spanner to open the gas pipe with intention to kill himself. His wife was very worried about him, she broke in and tried to stop him, in the chaos, the spark caused an explosion. The fireball engulfed the kitchen, both were injured. The explosion was so fierce that blast went through the wall, causing their 8 year old son falling down from his bed, hitting his head on the floor. Leung wife's face was badly burnt and he was arrested.
45 year old bar attender name Leung, his arms were burnt, and he is in a stable condition. His 40 years old wife has 40% burn, her upper body was badly affected, and her face is disfigured, she is in a serious condition. The police couldn't get a statement from her as she is unable to speak, their 8 year old son is being looked after by relative from the mainland.
Leung and his wife Yan moved to Wong Tai Sin Tat Sin House 12 years ago, they live in a unit on the 16th floor. Neighbors recalled that they were a very loving couple, often seeing them walking hand in hand. Two years ago, Leung started gambling and he has incurred huge debts. Debt collectors were seen visiting the family, causing trouble with the family, the family called the police for help once and neighbors often heard them having rows.
Leung's wife was a housewife before, due to the huge debts Leung incurred, and their son's education expenses, she works part-time in a convenience store as well as waitressing in a cafe restaurant, in the hope that she can help pay off her husband's debt. But Leung still continues to gamble, she couldn't stand it anymore. Two days ago, they had a heated row and she suggested they get a divorce. The row went on till midnight. Around 8 am yesterday morning, the couple started arguing the moment they got up. Leung went to the kitchen and locked himself inside, he then shut the kitchen windows and put some cloth in the gap underneath the kitchen door. He took out a spanner to release the gas from the valve attached to the gas cooker. Gas leaked out and Yan could smell it in the lounge. She broke the kitchen door open, wanting to shut off the gas, a fight broke out , a spark caused an explosion. The fireball went straight to Yan, she was screaming in pain. Leung tried to help her, he himself also got burnt. The shock of the blast was so great that their 8 years old son who was still asleep, fell down from his bed, hitting his head on the floor. The fire service rescued the family from their home and they also shut the gas off.
Wong Tai Sin District Crime Squad Senior Inspector Wong believed that Yan found out her husband wanted to commit suicide, she rushed into the kitchen in an attempt to shut the gas off, but in the process, it caused a spark to ignite causing the explosion. The Social and Welfare Services said the family is not on their case record, but will follow this case.
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