Sleep-deprived Chinese worker lashes out at snoring roommate in cleaver attack

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 3:28pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 3:28pm

A man in eastern China is facing up to a decade in jail for a cleaver attack on a snoring colleague and roommate.

The victim sustained multiple severe wounds to his head and torso during the attack in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, and the assailant was charged with intentional assault, People’s Daily reported on Friday.

The two men were both loud snorers and had been assigned to the same company dormitory room after their nocturnal noises disrupted the sleep of other roommates, the report said.

But the tension between them soon mounted as their snoring affected each other.

After failing to doze off one night, one of the men grabbed a cleaver from the dorm cafeteria and started attacking the sleeping roommate.

Security camera footage showed the assailant chasing the bloodied victim down the dorm hallway and cornering him at the end of the corridor.

The victim tried to protect himself with a blanket but slipped on the ground and was attacked again by the assailant, the report said.

The attack was eventually stopped after other colleagues on the same floor woke up and intervened.

“Both of them are snorers. So the company arranged for them to share the same dorm room,” a police officer was quoted as saying.

The officer said the two men had argued earlier that day and the assailant grew angrier as he brooded on the argument and the snoring.

“Then he took a cleaver from the company’s cafeteria and started attacking his roommate in the dorm,” the police said.