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‘Gambler who lost at mahjong killed winner’

A GAMBLER beat a man to death with a brick and stole back money he had earlier lost to him, prosecutors in Songjiang District claimed yesterday.

The accused, an unemployed man surnamed Shen, has been arrested for murder and robbery.

According to prosecutors, Shen withdrew 2,000 yuan (US$322) on September 11 last year to gamble on mahjong but lost most of the cash.

Shen is said to have followed a man, surnamed Wu, who had won the money from him and asked for a lift on his moped.

Wu gave him a lift but on the journey Shen attacked him, striking him repeatedly on the head, it is claimed.

Shen allegedly took 2,000 yuan and a gold chain from Wu’s body, before dumping the body, along with Wu’s cellphone and moped, in a river.

After having a bath at home, Shen left his bloodstained clothes in a garbage site, it is claimed.

Wu’s body was soon discovered and police targeted Shen as the suspect after studying surveillance video.

Initially, Shen denied involvement but confessed when police found his blood on the brick and discovered his bloodstained clothes, according to prosecutors.


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