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Attempted Rape in Hong Kong Public Housing Estate Sparks Calls for Tighter Security

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Police have ramped up patrols in Lai King Estate after a 66-year-old man allegedly broke into the home of a 26-year-old woman and attempted to rape her on Friday.

The suspect, surnamed Leung, is set to appear in West Kowloon Magistrates’ Courts today, facing a single count of aggravated burglary.

Authorities reported that the incident occurred around 4 p.m. last Friday. Leung allegedly followed the woman from Lai King Hill Road back to her residence in Fung King House and forced his way inside, armed with a 10-centimeter long cutter.

In a moment of quick thinking, the woman managed to secretly call her family for help. Her 50-year-old mother and a 51-year-old male friend rushed to the flat and confronted Leung, leading to a physical altercation. Both the mother and her friend sustained injuries after being punched by the suspect.

All three individuals were transported to Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung for treatment.

The brazen attack has left residents of the public housing estate deeply concerned about the security lapse that allowed such an incident to occur. Despite security guards conducting rounds twice daily, residents believe it is still possible for non-residents to sneak into the buildings by following other tenants.

Kwai Tsing district councilor Wong Chun-yeung acknowledged that this may have been an isolated case but emphasized that it highlights inadequacies in the security measures at the public housing complex. He vowed to meet with the Housing Authority to discuss ways to bolster security for residents.

In response to the attempted rape, the local police force has already increased patrols in the Lai King Estate area over the weekend. Authorities are urging all residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately.