'Violent' passenger hunted over cabbie's bloody death

Finance | 13 Oct 2021

Erin Chan

An "extremely dangerous and violent" man is being hunted by police in connection with the murder of a 48-year-old taxi driver, who was slashed in the neck following a dispute in Sai Ying Pun yesterday.

The Eurasian suspect, aged 30 to 40 and about 180 centimeters tall, is believed to have mental health issues, police said.

He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, dark trousers and shoes.

Police retrieved a blood-stained 25-centimeter chopper and mask -believed to be related to the murder - from a backpack left on a nearby building rooftop.

The driver, Wai, who was covered in blood and unconscious on the ground at the junction of Eastern Street and Queen's Road West, was pronounced dead at 6.17am yesterday - immediately after he was rushed to Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam.

He was found with a seven-centimeter long, two-centimeter-deep cut on the right side of his neck near the main artery.

Superintendent and Western District assistant commander Sam Sin Kwok-ming said the suspect hailed Wai's taxi near the scene of the attack.

On reaching the junction of Eastern Street and Queen's Road West, he quarreled with Wai inside the taxi, before slashing Wai's neck. Suffering excessive blood loss, Wai staggered out of his taxi with the suspect chasing after him with the chopper relentlessly.

Wai soon collapsed on the ground some 20 meters away from the taxi, with the suspect escaping through an alley off Eastern Street.

Wai, who was initially partly conscious, yelled for help, alerting passersby.

Ambulance men soon arrived at the scene, performing first aid and rushing Wai to the hospital where he was certified dead.

"We are investigating if blood splashed over the taxi and the nearby ground belonged to the driver or the suspect," Sin said. Police found a bloodstained jacket, towels and masks in a nearby Mui Fong Street public toilet.

"When we sent dogs to search, we noticed that the suspect's escape route diverted to Center Street," Sin said.

Police also retrieved a bloodstained 25cm chopper believed to have been left behind by the suspect on a building rooftop not far from the scene of the attack. "The blade was 16cm blade," Sin said.

Sin said the suspect earlier had been to the Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View Hotel on Queen's Road West, Sai Ying Pun.

"The force is looking into whether he was a resident there or if he was just visiting a guest," he said. Sin said police are looking into whether the suspect suffers from mental illness or has hyper-aggressive tendencies. He added: "The suspect is very violent."

The family of Wai, including his sister and a son and two daughters aged nine to 18, held a roadside ritual for him.

Wai's sister said he had been a night-shift cabbie for over a decade. He was the breadwinner and cared so much for his family.

"He would always stand up to injustice," she said.


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