A 27-year-old unemployed man suspected of murdering a Hong Kong convenience store worker after the theft of two cans of beer worth HK$31 (US$4) was escorted by police to the scene of the alleged crime on Tuesday to reconstruct the events.
The hooded and handcuffed suspect was brought to the 7-Eleven store on Kik Yeung Road in Yuen Long at around lunchtime. Police had cordoned off the area.
After the videotaped reconstruction, officers brought the suspect to Tuen Mun for a search of his home before he was taken back to Yuen Long Police Station.
As of 5pm, the man, a Hong Kong identity card holder of Pakistani origin, was still being held for questioning and had not been charged over Saturday’s incident.
A police source said the man was likely to be charged with one count of murder on Tuesday night and would appear at Tuen Mun Court on Thursday.
The 61-year-old victim was the father of the owner of the shop, which only opened for business in September, according to police.
He and a female assistant were in the shop at the time of the incident at about 7.30pm on Saturday.
Acting Superintendent Au Yeung Tak said the suspect walked into the shop, took the beers without paying and then left.
The victim gave chase and stopped the suspect about 50 metres from the shop. But he turned back after seeing how muscular the shoplifter was.
The suspect chased after the worker, who fell to the ground during the pursuit and was then kicked in the head and chest multiple times. He also hit his head on the ground during the attack.
The victim was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital, where he died on Monday afternoon. Police then reclassified the case as theft and murder.
Police arrested the suspect on Kik Yeung Road on Sunday evening.
“We are deeply shocked and saddened to learn of this tragic incident,” a spokesman for 7-Eleven said on Tuesday.
“We wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and we will be doing the best we can to provide support and assistance to the victim’s family at this most difficult time.”