A Chinese tourist died in a Hong Kong hospital earlier this morning after he was beaten unconscious yesterday afternoon by a gang of four men in a confrontation that started in a jewelry shop.
The beating allegedly took place because Miao Chunqi, a 53-year-old construction contractor from Heilongjiang, was trying to mediate in a fight between one of his female colleagues and their tour group leader.
According to NetEase, the tour group of 19 mainland tourists were visiting a jewelry shop on Man Lok Street in Hung Hom. The conflict began when one woman on the tour did not want to make a purchase and began arguing with the tour group leader, the argument turned into a fight.
Miao tried to come between the two, but was then attacked by a gang of four men. They dragged him outside the shop and continued to beat him, fleeing the scene before police arrived.
Investigators found Miao lying unconscious outside the shop. Hong Kong police have said that the case would be classified as manslaughter. They have arrested the local tour guide and a mainland tour leader in connection with the attack, as well as two men, while two more suspects are still being sought as part of the case.
According to police, the autopsy revealed no serious injuries on Miao’s body and they have yet to establish a cause of death.
Hong Kong retailers recently suffered through their “worst Golden Week ever” earlier this month with many mainland shoppers choosing Japan instead. Times must be tough.
[Images via NetEase]