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Harbin woman allegedly murdered by WeChat ‘friend’

After Harbin woman Sunli chatted with her new friend Xu Qiang on the popular smartphone app WeChat, she decided to meet him.The small-business owner didn’t know she was meeting her death.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 11:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 November, 2012, 12:45pm

After Harbin woman Sun Li chatted with her new friend Xu Qiang on the popular smartphone app WeChat, she decided to meet him.

The small-business owner didn’t know she was meeting her death.

What Sun Li also didn’t know was that the man, who was being sought in a rape case, had served 13 years in jail for an unspecified crime.

When Sun Li showed up with her fancy phone and expensive laptop on October 24, Xu killed her, reported Heilongjiang Network Broadcasting Television Station on Wednesday.

He took her belongings, jewellery and bank cards. Xu brutally dismembered Sunli’s body and hid the parts in a suburban forest. 

 

Xu went to three banks in the following days, allegedly withdrawing a total of 17,000 yuan (HK$21,000 ) from Sun Li’s bank account.

He was caught on a bank’s security tape and arrested later by the police. Xu has been charged with murder.

Xin Guomin, a spokesman for the Harbin police, said two most recent murders in Harbin involved the use of WeChat.

Wechat is a mobile text and voice messaging service developed by Tencent in China. It allows users to locate nearby Wechat users by simply shaking the device. It’s become widely popular in mainland China and Hong Kong between friends and associates.

“We’d like to warn people to be very careful when meeting strangers through WeChat,” he said.