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6 held in killing of HK woman

SHANGHAI police said yesterday that they detained six suspects in a murder-for-hire plot that ended with the slaying of a Hong Kong woman on August 26.

One of the suspects, surnamed Shen, was the subordinate of the 48-year-old victim, Chan Chui Yu, and hired the other five to kill her, police said.

The accused killer, surnamed Cui, is a high school student, and the five planned and committed the crime for 150,000 yuan (US$23,474), said Hongkou District police yesterday.

Police said Shen had been demoted by Chan this year after she had become dissatisfied with his work as the financial executive of a Hong Kong shipping service company's Shanghai branch.

Moreover, before Chan had been sent to Shanghai, Shen had embezzled more than 7.5 million yuan from the company, police said. With the enmity toward Chan and his fear of the embezzlement being discovered, Shen decided to kill Chan, police said.

"Chan commuted between Shanghai and Hong Kong almost every month and rented an apartment in Shanghai," said a police officer.

The murder plot was drafted in February when Shen met another suspect surnamed Du on the Internet, police said.

"Du then organized another three suspects, surnamed Gao, Mou and Fei, to come to the city to discuss the plan," police said in a press release yesterday.

The group then recruited Cui, a juvenile who should be in his second year of high school this semester, for the actual killing, police said.

At 7:54pm on August 26, Chan was ambushed and stabbed to death by Cui in front of her apartment in Lane 89 Hengshui Road in Hongkou District, police said.

Police said they suspected Shen after checking the scene and the surveillance videos and interviewing Chan's colleagues.

Shen was caught on August 29 at his home on Guangzhong Road, and the other five suspects were caught in Shandong, Anhui, Shaanxi and Liaoning provinces by last Thursday.


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