A Vietnamese-Canadian pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder for stabbing a 7-Eleven storekeeper to death, saying the devil had told him to do so.
The High Court heard that Bui Van Cuong, 32, who came to Hong Kong in December 2015 as a Canadian visitor, walked away from the convenience store in Yau Ma Tei with a packet of potato chips without paying for it on the night of March 8 last year, news website hk01.com reports.
Based on a video footage from a security camera presented to the court, the prosecution said storekeeper Paul Cheng, 38, demanded payment and, when Bui refused to pay, he called the police.
The defendant was seen leaving the store for a while and returning with a knife.
A scuffle ensued and Bui used the knife, which was believed to have been stolen from a nearby supermarket, to stab Cheng in the chest.
Bui fled as Cheng lay bleeding on the floor, but was arrested at a McDonald’s restaurant in Jordan the following day.
Police reclassified the case to murder from attempted murder after Cheng died in a hospital a week later.
In his defense, Bui told the court that he only wanted to intimidate the victim with the knife, but he heard a voice from “the devil” who told him to kill the person.
The trial continues on Wednesday.
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