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Wanted: Teacher Attackers

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Man sought for vicious attack on teacher (SCMP; paywall)
Beating leaves music tutor in critical condition and with chance she will lose sight in one eye
Clifford Lo
Apr 25, 2012    

A music teacher suffered serious head injuries and is likely to lose the use of her left eye following an attack in a Tsuen Wan public toilet this week, police said.

The 29-year-old woman, who was bludgeoned over the head and left eye, underwent surgery yesterday. She was in critical condition at Princess Margaret Hospital in Kwai Chung last night.

The attack did not appear to be a robbery or rape attempt, police said.

Detectives are looking for a 1.77-metre tall man of normal build, aged between 30 and 40. No one has been arrested and Tsuen Wan district crime squad is investigating.

The woman, who lives nearby with her parents, was heading home after giving a private music lesson when the attacker struck in a park along Tsuen King Circuit at about 9.15pm on Monday.

"The culprit followed the victim into the toilet and attacked her," a police officer said.

"She was hit by a hard object a couple of times. She suffered serious injuries to her head and left eye and lost a lot of blood."

The attacker emerged from the toilet in a rush and ran into a male passer-by, who alerted police.

A police officer said initial investigation showed the woman did not lose any belongings or suffer a sexual assault. "I don't believe it was a random attack," he said, adding it was possible the victim knew the attacker.

He said police were checking the woman's background and talking to her relatives in an effort to establish a motive for the attack.

Her parents reportedly told police that she did not have a boyfriend.

A team of officers combed the area early yesterday with the help of a tracker dog but could not find any weapon. Police said they would check closed-circuit television footage along the man's escape route.

In January police recorded 142 cases of wounding. Figures show reports of wounding fell 5.7 per cent to 1,777 last year from 1,884 in 2010.

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