Suspect held after killing in triad feud
A 23-year-old suspect has been arrested and was being questioned overnight in connection with the killing of a suspected triad member. Police stepped up patrols and surveillance of two triad gangs in Tuen Mun to prevent retaliatory attacks after the killing early yesterday.
Crime-squad officers were hunting four or five attackers in connection with the brutal killing. Investigators believe perpetrators may have fled to the mainland.
Police believe a long-running feud between two factions of the Sun Yee On triad may have prompted the killing. 'The two Tuen Mun-based gangs are from the same triad society but different factions,' a police officer said. 'One of the factions is headed by 'Fat Kit' and the other is led by 'Golden-hair Cheong'. The two factions hold long-standing grudges over their interests.'
Crime-squad officers last night were investigating whether the killing was linked to four reports of fighting, allegedly involving the two gangs, in Tuen Mun in the past two days.
The latest violence broke out at 12.15am when a man, 19, was assaulted by eight men in face masks and carrying wooden batons at Tai Hing Estate, Tuen Mun. Kwok Hin-ching, 18, was attacked at about 1.15am. He was one of five suspected members of the 'Fat Kit' faction who had gathered at the entrance of Tseng Tau Village off San Sau Street.
Three men wearing balaclavas and gloves and wielding meat cleavers arrived in a black Honda saloon. Kwok was chopped in the head, chest and right leg in the attack, but his associates escaped injury and returned to the village to find help.
The trio got back into the car, being driven by a fourth man who sped off but slammed into two taxis parked nearby. A Mercedes-Benz then arrived, allegedly hitting Kwok before it picked up the four from the Honda and sped away as Kwok's associates arrived.
They found him lying unconscious at the scene, police said.
The Mercedes-Benz was found on fire on a hill in Deep Bay Road, Lau Fau Shan. There was no one inside.
Kwok was declared dead in Tuen Mun Hospital at 6.10am. Police classified the case as murder. Detectives from New Territories North regional crime unit are investigating.
An initial probe found the two cars were owned by two members of the 'Golden-hair Cheong' faction. Police are searching for them. About 100 officers meanwhile conducted licence checks last night on entertainment venues in Tuen Mun allegedly controlled by the two factions.
'Our raids will continue for about a week,' a police officer said, adding that the force wanted to send a clear message to the rival gangs that they were being monitored. The two factions are prominent in Tuen Mun.
The number of triad-related crimes rose this much to 1,728 in the first 10 months of this year
- The same period last year saw 1,645 cases