14K triad killed in revenge attack

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 July, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 July, 2003, 12:00am

A member of the 14K triad society was chopped to death by five men in Tin Shui Wai yesterday in what police believe was a revenge attack.

Yu Bing-wah, 39, was found unconscious outside a bookshop in Han Mei Tsuen village with multiple chop wounds on his body at about 10am. Police said Yu was apparently walking back to his home when he was ambushed and attacked by five men armed with choppers.

Yu, who had been living alone for two years since his wife and children left him, had been living on loans.

During the real-estate boom in the mid-90s, he had been successful in property speculation. But after his 'boss' was murdered in 1996, Yu seemed to have lost his financial backing and became involved in operating illegal gambling and car parks.

Yu's 'boss' was shot dead in Yuen Long after a dispute over land in 1996. Two men were arrested and charged with murder but only one of them was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Police probing Yu's death suspect that money was the main motive for the killing. 'We believe Yu's death was related to money but we are looking into other aspects with an open mind,' said an investigator.

Officers are searching for seven men - the five men who attacked Yu, a sixth man who acted as a lookout and a seventh man who drove the six away from the scene in a van.

Police said investigations revealed that Yu was ambushed by his attackers, who chopped him until he collapsed outside the bookshop. He was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital where he died at about 11am.

His killing comes amid a rise in violent crime in Hong Kong, with the over-all crime rate up 18.3 per cent in the first five months of this year.

Tourism officials warned that crime prevention must be stepped up to protect the city's image.