Global manhunt on for African duo after botched robbery leads to Hong Kong man’s death, police say

Source says HK$33,000 had been withdrawn from victim’s bank accounts in the days leading up to his death

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2017, 8:55pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2017, 11:00pm

Authorities are preparing to launch a worldwide search for two African men after fresh details emerged in the case of a Hong Kong man’s death late last year.

Design company employee Wong Yat-hung’s naked body was found at the Mirador Mansion guest house on Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, on October 26.

Police originally classified the case as the discovery of a body, however reclassified it on Monday as “murder and theft”.

“Results of postmortem examination showed the victim had been assaulted from his head to his legs, and suffered rib fractures,” a police source with knowledge of the matter said, adding the exact cause of the 45-year-old’s death was not yet determined.

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The victim’s body was discovered with adhesive tape next to the mouth, and with traces of crystal meth also found inside the room, he added.

Investigations had revealed the room was in fact registered to two African men – a 35-year-old Algerian and a 40-year-old Moroccan – who had also checked into another guest house in TST.

In the days leading up to the discovery of the body, more than HK$33,000 had been withdrawn from Wong’s bank accounts, according to one police source, who said the victim got to know the two foreigners over the internet.

“We believe the room was used to rob the victim and he was assaulted when the robbery went wrong,” the source said.

“Investigation showed the two suspects had left Hong Kong,” he said, adding that local authorities would seek assistance from Interpol and launch a worldwide search for the pair.

Wong was reported missing by his younger brother on October 25 after he failed to return to his home in North Point, where he lived with his mother.