Guard killed during godown robbery

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 22 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 22 April, 2012, 12:00am


A man was killed and his teenage cousin knocked unconscious when a gang robbed them in the early hours of yesterday morning at the godown where they worked in a new town dubbed the 'city of sadness'.

The gang of six or seven men assaulted the two victims, believed to be security guards, and took valuables belonging to them during the raid at the storage facility in Shek Po East Road, in Tin Shui Wai.

It is not known whether any of the attackers were armed.

One of the victims, a 19-year-old, regained consciousness only to find his cousin, aged 38, out cold next to him with multiple bodily injuries. He called the police for help at 1.40am.

The victims were taken to Tuen Mun Hospital, where the older man was declared dead at 2.28am.

The case was initially investigated by the Yuen Long district crime squad, but detectives from the regional crime unit for New Territories North last night stepped in to take over the investigation. The case is being treated as murder.

No one has yet been arrested in connection with the crime.

Police are urging witnesses to the attack to come forward and contact investigating officers on 3661 4643.

The man's death was the sixth murder in three weeks, bringing the total in Hong Kong so far this year to seven.

Force figures show there were 11 cases of homicide last year, down from 35 the year before. The number of robberies last year fell to 731, from 778 in 2010.

Tin Shui Wai has been called the 'city of sadness' because of its high rates of unemployment and suicide.