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Chinese man uses fake gun in mahjong parlour robbery, hoping to evade a debt by going to jail

Robber told court he saw no other way to avoid loan repayments

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 January, 2017, 5:48pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 January, 2017, 5:48pm

A man in eastern China who used a fake gun to rob a mahjong parlour, said he did so intending to go to jail to evade a debt to a loan shark.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the man, surnamed Zhu, walked into the mahjong parlour in Zhengjiang, Jiangsu province, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

Wearing a mask and brandishing a gun and an electrical baton, Zhu subdued the seven people inside and robbed them of a total of 10,000 yuan (US$1,440).

He made his getaway in a black sedan.

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By tracing the car, the police tracked Zhu to his home, where they recovered the weapons. The gun turned out to be a fake loaded with what appeared to be a metal clip.

At a court hearing, Zhu said he had purchased the weapons online and that he had robbed the parlour out of desperation to evade a debt.

He had previously borrowed 300,000 yuan from a loan shark to underwrite a high-interest loan. When his borrower failed to repay the loan, Zhu was unable to repay his own debt to the loan shark.

At his wit’s end, Zhu said, he decided to seek refuge from his debt in prison.