Date
21 January 2017
Blood stains were found inside and outside the money exchange shop on Wan Tau Street in Tai Po. Photos: TVB, RTHK
Blood stains were found inside and outside the money exchange shop on Wan Tau Street in Tai Po. Photos: TVB, RTHK

Currency exchange shop owner killed in Tai Po

Police are looking for a lone suspect in the killing of a 71-year-old businessman who was attacked at his money exchange shop in Tai Po on Monday.

The victim, surnamed Yiu, had two knife wounds to his neck and was certified dead at the Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital, Ming Pao Daily reported.

Investigation showed that Yiu was carrying more than half a million dollars in secret pockets in his underwear when he opened his shop at 32 Wan Tau Street around 9 a.m

As he normally did, Yiu deactivated the alarm system before lifting the roller gate of the shop. 

It was then that the robber, who was apparently stalking him, pushed him into the shop from behind.

The robber, wearing a mask and a backpack and with a cutter in hand, ordered Yiu to surrender his cash. When Yiu refused to comply, the robber stabbed him twice in the neck.

The robber, who had no idea where Yiu was keeping his money, ransacked the shop for about 15 minutes before leaving.

A female customer entered the shop around 11 a.m. and found Yiu on the floor covered with blood. She called the police.

Investigators found blood stains extending from the shop to more than 10 meters on the pavement outside.

Police are looking for a Chinese-looking male, who apparently left in the direction of the Tai Po government office building on Wan Tau Street.

Yiu and his wife ran the money exchange shop, but half of the space of the shop has been rented to a curtain shop.

Yiu was convicted in a money laundering case involving mainland businessman Lai Changxing, who was jailed for smuggling and bribery in 2002.

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