Written by: Zhu Dixin
Last update date: 2021-06-18 12:22
A horrific murder occurred at the Sha Tin Water Treatment Works three years ago. The 60-year-old security guard suspected that he was arguing with a new colleague due to trivial matters such as locking the gate, and took out a hatchet to nearly chop the opponent's head and neck, and was killed on the spot.
The security guard was found not guilty of murder after trial, but was convicted of manslaughter. The judge sentenced this case to a tragedy in the High Court today (18th). It also alleged that the defendant lacked empathy for the victim and had limited remorse. If this situation is not dealt with, it would still pose a danger to the public.
Because the defendant was willing to admit manslaughter before the trial, the judge sentenced the defendant to 10 years in jail after deducting the sentence, expressly hope that he would fulfill his promise and receive treatment.
Wu Wu did wrong but was killed for no reason
The defendant, Zhang Meide, is 60 years old.
He was charged with the murder of Wu Chongxi (59 years old) in Hong Kong on August 5, 2018.
The defendant revealed that he had been a police officer during his defense in court and left the police force in 1990.
In addition, Zhang Meihan, the defendant's brother, was a senior superintendent and retired a few years ago.
When sentencing today, the judge described the case as a tragedy and sad.
In the case, the deceased Wu Chongxi only knew the defendant for a few days. Wu Wu did anything wrong but was killed for no reason. Wu's family also lost her husband and father.
The defendant has limited remorse for the victim's lack of empathy
The judge also quoted the defendant’s report. The psychological report stated that the defendant’s risk of using violence is high, and that under anxiety and anger can cause serious harm to people he knows.
The psychiatric report concluded that the defendant had empathy with Wu Qian and had limited remorse, and unless he received treatment, it would pose a risk to the public.
The incident happened.
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I hope the defendant will fulfill his promise and receive treatment
The judge also pointed out that the criminal responsibility of the defendant must be considered when sentencing, and the public must also be protected.
In addition, the judge also considered that the defendant remained at the scene and reported the crime after the assault, and finally decided to imprison 15 years as the starting point for sentencing. The defendant was willing to plead guilty to manslaughter, but was not accepted by the prosecution. Now he can still obtain a reduction of the sentence for the guilty plea. It was decided to sentence him to 10 years in prison.
After sentencing, the judge hoped that the defendant could fulfill his promise to the doctor and receive treatment.
Wu was chopped to work for a few days and his neck was almost broken
According to the case, the defendant worked as a security guard at the water treatment plant involved in the case in 2014, while Wu only took up his post in August 2018.
The two returned to the night shift on the day of the incident. The defendant punched Wu three times in the guard room at 6 o'clock in the evening, and Wu called the police.
But the defendant went to the locker room, took the hatchet and returned to the guard room, shouting: "Chop X to kill you."
The defendant cut Wu's head and neck three times and then called the police.
When the ambulanceman arrived, Wu's neck was almost disconnected, only his muscles connected.
As Wu had no signs of life, the ambulancemen declared him dead.
Dissatisfied with Wu filling out the register with a red pen
The defendant reported in a video interview after his arrest that he had only seen Wu for the first time on August 2. The other party returned to the night shift that night, but he was in a hurry when he closed the iron gate.
In addition, the defendant was also dissatisfied that Wu used a red pen to fill out the registration book and "knock left and right" with a ruler.
When the defendant returned to the night shift late in the incident, he saw Wu in the guard room. He had the idea of teaching Wu and punched him.
Wu took out his mobile phone and declared that he would call the police, so the defendant took a hatchet and cut Wu three times.
In addition, the defense also called a psychiatrist to testify that the defendant became irritable after a stroke in 2006 and may be affected at the time of the crime.
Case Number: HCCC71/2019
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