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PRD News Brief: Mini-Minivan, One Toll, City Hall Shakeup, Accidents Galore

Posted: 04/23/2014 2:48 pm

mini minivan dongguanHere it is—the mini-minivan. Mr Zhong creation is hailed as a “masterpiece” by his neighbors, and is chiefly used to ferry his grandson to school. The pride of Hengkeng Village, Liaobu County, city of Dongguan cost 5000 yuan to create, and—hey, is that a Hello Kitty decal?

The fastest elevator in the world will be installed at the Guangzhou CTF Financial Centre, planned for completion in 2016. It will take just 43 seconds to go up the building’s 95 floors, a distance of 440 meters. Maybe this will compensate for the fast escalators down in Hong Kong.

With a 2-1 win over Yokohama F. Marinos, Guangzhou Evergrande has qualified for the final 16 bracket of the AFC Champions League.

For whom the bell tolls: Starting April 28, there will be a single flat rate charged for using the Guangdong Provincial Expressway.

Love taking the bus in Guangzhou? You’ll be pleased to know there will be 100 extra bus routes planned for the end of the year instead of 50 as originally planned.

File under “I didn’t know they needed so many“: in a shakeup at Dongguan City Hall, seven deputy mayors have been re-assigned.

Daily police patrols in Zhuhai will increase on May 1 by 720 police officers, of which 450 will be armed special forces. This coincides with the increase of Guangzhou police patrols by 11,000 as well as the announcements of armed police in other Chinese cities like Shanghai. With all these guns, we’re wondering if there will be an increase in police shootings of suspects that will all be bad people, of course.

Cao X Bao, a Dongguan man who tracked down thieves that stole a ring from his sister and then trapped, beat, and demanded RMB 20K in compensation from them has been fined 3000 yuan.

A Shenzhen man named Wu stabbed his ex-wife Zhang to death on April 20 before severely injuring her boyfriend Fu and then turning the blade upon himself,unsuccessfully.

A man accidentally drove into an industrial run-off channel beside the Songlin Industries in Chang’an County in Dongguan in the early hours of April 22. Attempts to resuscitate him failed after he was pulled from the submerged car.

Photo: Time DG


Guangdong Teen Murders Aunt After Criticism for Playing Video Games

Posted: 04/10/2014 6:02 pm

internet computer

Police from Zhenjiang district of the city of Shaoguan have confirmed that they have arrested Lu X Jie* for strangling to death his aunt after she criticized him for playing video games, reported Nandu.

Lu X Jie, a 17 year-old high school dropout, was invited by his aunt Lu X Quan* to stay at her home in Shaoguan; she had arranged a job interview for him at the electrical plant of an acquaintance of hers. Upon arriving, X Jie would immediately turn on his cousin’s computer and play video games until 3am the next morning, at which time he was told to go to bed by his aunt. Upon waking up at 9am the next day, X Jie would again draw the ire of his aunt when he again kept playing video games, prompting her to say that he “won’t ever change his stubborn nature”.

His concentration broken in the middle of whichever brilliant tactical decision he was about to take, X Jie broke into a furious rage. X Jie pushed his aunt down to the floor where he would beat her head against the ground, and then strangled her to death with the electric cord to a hot water bottle. His little finger bitten during the fight, X Jie then stole her phone, keys, and 75 yuan from her wallet.

X Jie hid his aunt’s body in the next room and cleaned up the scene of the crime by mopping up any blood on the ground. He then up called a second-hand store in order to sell off his aunt’s TV, stereo, satellite paraphernalia for 100 yuan, or its equivalent currency in gil. Afterwards, X Jie invited a friend named Ming to come over to the murder scene so that they could play video games together in relative peace.

The next day after his friend left, X Jie went back to his aunt’s house to sleep, after which he went to a internet bar. It was there that X Jie was finally caught and confronted by police. At the time of his arrest, he reportedly said:

“It’s okay if you beat me, just don’t touch my computer at any cost.”

The report does not specifically mention if either one of X Jie’s requests were fulfilled.

Meanwhile, a similar crime involving video games has happened recently in Sichuan. Games in Asia reports an argument between a 16 year-old boy and his mother over the MOBA video game League of Legends turned deadly when the mother was carried away by the current of a river when she threatened to kill herself, a process repeated when the father later came to confront the son who would also walk into the river like his mother and also get carried away as well.

* The middle names has been withheld from publication



Guangzhou student murdered by fake “beautiful girl” he met on Momo

Posted: 09/4/2013 4:28 pm

It’s no secret that messaging services such as WeChat and Momo are commonly used for the purpose of hooking up. It’s also well known that those who are not careful about who they meet up with are asking for trouble.

These factors were behind what is shaping up to be one of the most bizarre muder cases of recent memory in Guangzhou, as Nandu Daily reported today.

Xiao Feng, who was in his second year at university, added what he thought was a beautiful girl on Momo on July 15. After flirting for four days they finally met up.

When they met, Xiao Feng saw that it was not a beautiful girl but a man named Mr. Zhou. Zhou smashed Xiao Feng over the head with a metal object and, after a struggle, stabbed him to death. It turns out that, although they didn’t know each other, the two men went to the same college.

Currently in police custody in Huadu District, Zhou told interrogators that he just wanted to know what it felt like to murder somebody. He joined Momo on July 14 and created a fake profile as a beautiful girl with the intent of murdering a man he lured. Psychiatrists have done a series of tests on him and found no suggestion of mental illness.

Homepage image from City Weekend


Questions over qigong and assisted suicide at Guangzhou murder trial

Posted: 07/30/2013 10:00 am

According to the US National Library of Medicine, qigong, when practised inappropriately, may induce abnormal psychosomatic responses and even mental disorders. This process is known as Zou huo ru mo (走火入魔), and it may be the reason behind one of the most peculiar and multi-faceted murder trials in Guangzhou this year.

Li Wei is on trial in Huangpu District Court after his wife was found burned to death on her bathroom floor on January 27 this year. Li’s defense is somewhat muddled as he has claimed that it was a tragically unsuccessful attempt to cure her many debilitating illnesses, but also hinted that it was an assisted suicide.

Li and his wife Han Mei got married in 2002 and, by all accounts, were a happy couple. They had never been known to quarrel or fight and lived a simple life in which the unemployed husband stayed at home and spent most of his time practicing qigong while his wife worked at a bookshop, in spite of suffering from several debilitating illnesses that meant she was in considerable pain most of the time.

Interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Li was known to try out a variety of healing methods on his wife, including moxibustion which involved scarring her skin.

Such scars, as well as cuts and bloodstains, were seen on Han’s body when she was found naked and face down on her bathroom floor by her 13 year-old son Qiangqiang on the night of January 27. Li claims not to remember what happened and his attempts to explain it have been as bizarre as they are confusing.

Li claims his wife wanted to be burned to “take away the pain” but it is not clear as to whether this was an ill-advised attempt at using an unorthodox healing methods or assisted suicide.

Li was initially thrown in jail but his lawyers are pushing to have him stay in a mental asylum instead as they say he was not responsible for his actions due to his qigong-induced mental illness.

However, this phenomenon is not clearly recognised in Chinese law, so the trial could have one or two more twists.


Five Japanese men in Zhuhai suspected of beating compatriot to death

Posted: 06/14/2013 7:00 am

After a Japanese man was found dead in a rented room in Zhuhai on Tuesday (June 11), police announced the following day that they had arrested a group of five other Japanese people on suspicion of beating him to death, Nanfang Daily reports.

The gang is also suspected of being involved in telecommunications fraud and other white collar crimes.

At 10 a.m. on June 11, police received a report that a man’s corpse had been found in a rental room in Nanping Village in Xiangzhou District. The autopsy showed that he had most likely been tied up and beaten.

The local Public Security Bureau subsequently arrested five Japanese men in a Western restaurant at around 6 p.m. that evening. The suspects range in age from 23 to 39.

One of the suspects, a 26 year-old man surnamed Sato, is known to have committed fraud in Gugen Village before. Moreover, the five men were seen leaving the rental room.


Unsolved mystery: Chinese businessman found dead in foreigner’s GZ apartment

Posted: 04/23/2013 7:00 am

A businessman was found dead in the apartment of a foreigner in Guangzhou after he took 100,000 yuan in cash there to do business on April 20. The foreigner, a Caucasian male, is now missing, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.

When Mr. Mian, 32, was not answering his phone on the evening of April 19, several dozen of his friends were worried because one had seen him withdraw 100,000 RMB from an ATM on Xiaobei Road in Yuexiu District that morning.

Shortly after Mr. Mian withdrew the money at around 11 a.m., Hu Lin, his friend from his hometown of Ningxia, witnessed him agree to go to the apartment of a foreigner to talk business.

As late as 7:20 p.m., Mian answered his phone and told a friend that he was in an apartment complex in Zhujiang New Town. Twenty minutes later, Mian stopped answering his phone.

Concerned, his friends and family filed a police report. Although he hadn’t been missing for long, they knew he had a lot of cash on him so the situation could be serious.

The following day, Mian was found dead on the sofa of the foreigner’s apartment in Bolin International Apartment Complex. There was no blood, so evidence suggests he was suffocated by a pillow.

Security camera footage showed the two men enter together and the foreigner later leave alone at 12:40. The money was not found on Mr. Mian.

Police want to talk to the foreigner.


Brutal attack leaves a Guangdong farmer dead, police looking for attacker

Posted: 04/10/2013 1:00 pm

A middle-aged female farmer was murdered while working in her field in Huizhou’s Longmen Village on April 2, Cantonese-language media have reported. Her remains were spread across the field and her breasts and genitals were particularly badly brutalized.

Mr. Deng, the victim’s son

Some scenes in the Cantonese-language news report are particularly disturbing as the family wants to know why a wife and mother with no business interests or political opinions would be attacked so viciously while going about her work.

The victim’s husband, Mr. Deng, said she went out at about 8 p.m. to fetch some water. Her remains were later discovered by her older brother. She is survived by three sons who told reporters of their devastation.

Contributors to a local forum have urged police to concentrate all their resources on catching the killer, saying that if a completely innocent woman could be targeted, then so could any of them.

Police have reacted by offering RMB20,000 to anyone who can find the killer, which is a lot of money in the countryside.

The murder bears some similarities to the case of Luka Rocco Magnotta in Canada last year, whose dismemberment of his Chinese victim prompted psychologists to contemplate the pathology behind such an attack.


Man confesses to murder of teen Weibo star, but could it have been prevented?

Posted: 01/26/2013 9:31 pm

We bring you the latest news on the confession from the arrested 19-year-old in relation to the murder of high school student Tsang Yue Laitong. (You can read the background detail to this case from her body being found to the arrest.)

Many suspected her death was related to her constant updates on Weibo which included her whereabouts, but the accused, Meng Shuai, admits killing the 16-year-old but denies it was anything to do with her online presence.

It would seem like it was a case of wrong place, wrong time.

Meng says he acted to “take revenge on society.” Mounting problems in his personal life had come to a head. He resorted to a life of crime, namely robbery in this case, and this botched attempt was, again, for all the “unfair treatment” he’d received.

Tsang was well-liked by her classmates and teachers

Here’s more detail on what Meng told police:

Meng told police he saw Laiceng walking home alone on January 12, and he grabbed her and took her to an empty shop to rob her, according to Shenzhen Television.

But Meng told police he chose his target randomly and denied he found Laiceng based on her microblog, the TV report said.

Meng told police he had been cheated in a pyramid scam and had a tense relationship with his family. He decided to rob others to make a living and strangled the girl to death after she resisted, the report said.

(She is known as Lai Zengyutong or Laiceng Yutong in other reports.)

However, Sina reports a crucial bit of information from a witness who has spoken to the family:

Laiceng’s relatives told Shenzhen Television that a woman had witnessed a man grabbing Laiceng. The woman rushed to a factory to get help from a security guard.

The guard told her it was none of his business and no one called the police, the relatives told the TV station.

Unbelievably, the split second decision of the security guard might have cost the teenager her life, if proven to be true.


Update: Police in Shenzhen find alleged killer of 16-year old girl in a hostel in Longhua

Posted: 01/22/2013 1:54 pm

It was a horrific start to the new year: a teenaged girl in Shenzhen goes missing, her body found the following day. There was some concern Tsang Yue Laitong, only 16 years old, may have given away her whereabouts online, as she frequently tweeted her plans on Sina Weibo. (You can read background to the story here.)

Fortunately, Shenzhen police seem to work fairly quickly.  At 3:24pm yesterday (January 21), Shenzhen police posted on its Weibo account that a man wanted in connection with Lai’s killing, surnamed Meng, has been arrested.  Police found him at a hostel in Longhua District. Meng is only 19 years old and hails from Guizhou, and admitted he was the one who killed Tsang.

Tsang’s sister posted on Weibo an hour later saying she’s thankful for all the attention given to her sister’s case and hopes the legal system will now work through the case in a fair manner.

Tsang’s disappearance and her alleged killer’s subsequent arrest has galvanized people on Sina Weibo.  It is a trending topic with 1,193,127 posts about it as of this writing. One netizen also dug up Meng’s QQ space.

Most of the netizens say it is a pity that a young girl has died this way with many calling Meng simply crazy.

Another interesting angle to this story is the growing use of Sina Weibo by the Shenzhen Police department.  In a few stories of late, they have been updating the status of their cases and releasing new information via the platform. In this case, you can follow along with every development here (in Chinese only).



Suicide bomber detonates in downtown Guangzhou, seven people injured

Posted: 01/18/2013 8:10 pm

This news is just coming in tonight, so we hope to update this as we get more information.

Nanfang readers have let us know that an explosion occurred in the Tianhe area of Guangzhou this afternoon. Xinhua published a story just a little while ago, noting a man killed himself and injured seven others in a residential community.  He was upset at his employer:

The public security bureau in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, said in a statement that local police received a report of the explosion at a residential community at about 3:53 p.m. Friday.

An initial investigation showed the man came to demand the payment of overdue wages from a company located at the residential quarter Friday afternoon.

He later ignited explosives on his body, killing himself and injuring seven others, according to the probe.

The video below has been posted by Southern Metropolis Daily.

If you were in the area when it happened, or have photos, let us know.
Correction: The original version of this story indicated that seven people had died; in fact, seven were injured. Our apologies for the error.
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