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Chinese father ‘kills jobless and heavily indebted son, 44’

Neighbours said father had helped clear son’s 2 million yuan debt, only to get himself another million yuan in the red

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 January, 2017, 4:30pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 January, 2017, 9:26am

An old man in eastern China was arrested for allegedly killing his only son, aged 44, whom he had supported for many years and helped repay a debt of nearly 2 million yuan (HK$2.24 million), mainland media reported.

Zhu Shuigen, 67, is accused of killing his son in bed in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, before calling police, the Changshu Daily reported.

The report did not say how the son was killed, but police and medical staff who arrived the scene said the son had suffered severe head injuries.

Neighbours told the newspaper that the son was not highly educated, lived off his parents and had not worked for years except for a brief stint as a security guard.

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The son had been married and divorced twice. He had two sons, who were both raised by his parents until they were teenagers.

The son was also said to be a compulsive gambler. Debt collectors had called on his parents two or three years ago and someone approached the home on the night before the son’s death, neighbours said.

It is believed the father had paid nearly two million yuan to help his son out of debt but the neighbours said the son owed more than one million yuan again this time.

China in recent years has seen a growing number of young people who have not found work since graduation and continue to live off their parents at home.