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Suspicious Chinese taxi driver kills friend who served his wife food after being convinced of affair

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 11:22am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 November, 2016, 12:15pm

A taxi driver in northeastern China allegedly stabbed his friend to death after watching him serve his wife with food using his chopsticks and becoming convinced the pair were having an affair.

The husband, surnamed Zhang, stabbed his friend and colleague more than 10 times after they began to quarrel, Heilongjiang Television reported.

The victim, surnamed Yang, died.

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Earlier in the evening, Yang had picked up food with his chopsticks and served Zhang’s wife from each of the 12 dishes they were having during a dinner at the couple’s home in Qitaihe, Heilongjiang province, last month, the report said.

Zhang and Yang both drove the same taxi on different shifts – Zhang took the day shift while Yang drove the taxi at night.

Zhang had grown suspicious that his friend was having an affair with his wife and so invited him to dinner to observe them together.

He became “convinced” that his suspicions were correct after watching Yang serve food to his wife – actions he believed were “beyond normal friendship”, according to the report.

The two men later quarrelled at the entrance to the Zhang’s residential building, and the husband produced a knife, stabbing Yang more than 10 times, the report said.

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Yang died from blood loss on the way to hospital.

Zhang was detained after turning himself in to police.

The report did not say if Zhang’s suspicions about Yang and his wife were correct.

It is a common sign of hospitality in traditional Chinese culture for people to pick up food with their own chopsticks to refill a dinner companion’s bowl.

But Zhang believed Yang had been too attentive, the report said.