Mainland man believed to be stabbed in Macau hotel room, later declared dead in hospital

Police say mainland woman who found him was a friend; the pair were allegedly detained in room and guarded by two men after they lost money borrowed from a suspected loan shark in a casino

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 August, 2016, 6:05pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 August, 2016, 1:35am

Police are investigating the death of a mainland tourist after he was found stabbed to death in a Macau hotel room on Friday.

The man, 53, was found shortly after 6am by a mainland woman, who had shared the room with him, lying unconscious beside a bathtub in the sixth-floor room of the Emperor Hotel on Rua de Xangai.

“The man was found to be in a coma and lying in a pool of blood in the toilet. A wound was found in his left chest,” a Macau fire department spokesman said, adding that the victim’s heart had stopped by the time of discovery.

The mainland man was later taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead.

Macau police are investigating whether his death was linked to money troubles and loan-sharking activities.

It is alleged that the mainland pair were being held in the hotel room and guarded by two male debt collectors after they had lost money borrowed from an unlicensed moneylender in a casino around midnight.

A Macau police spokesman said the victim was a friend of the mainland woman and that officers were probing whether the hotel room was booked by the pair or the debt collectors.

“At about 6am, the woman was told by one of the persons who detained them in the room that her friend fell sick in the toilet and asked her to go and find out what happened,” he said.

“When she entered the toilet to check, the man was found lying face down on the floor beside a bathtub. A bloodstained knife was found in the toilet.

“At the same time, the two persons who guarded them ran out of the room immediately.”

The woman then sought help from the hotel security guard who called police.

The spokesman said that police were investigating along the lines of homicide. No arrests had been made in connection with the case by yesterday afternoon.