Kidnappers got tips from HK film

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 12 December, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 12 December, 2009, 12:00am

Shenzhen police said suspects in recent cases of kidnapped children were inspired by last year's Hong Kong crime movie The Beast Stalker, directed by Dante Lam Chiu-yin.

'We have surprisingly found that suspects, many of whom were unemployed workers, learned how to kidnap someone and escape police attention from the movie,' an officer said in yesterday's Guangzhou Daily.

The officer said suspects from the four confirmed cases all targeted students from wealthy families, rented remote apartments before to accommodate young victims and changed their mobile phone number frequently - as occurred in the movie in which a Hong Kong female public prosecutor's daughter is kidnapped in a bid to blackmail her.

Several suspects told police the movie inspired them. A man suspected of killing an 11-year-old boy from Nanshan Foreign Language School in October said he followed the movie's plot and planned the kidnap carefully. He reportedly took the boy to a flat in suburban Shenzhen and killed him 'because he was too delicate and noisy'. The suspect said he encased the boy's body in cement and dumped him in the sea.

He received US$500,000 before he was arrested.

Meanwhile, Shenzhen police said 26 per cent of all people arrested this year were unemployed. Last year, unemployed people constituted just 5 per cent of criminals.