Argument between security guards boils over into fatal stabbing

PHOTO: Morguefile

A “trivial” work dispute took a nasty turn on Sunday when a long-time security guard allegedly stabbed his newly-arrived colleague to death at the Sha Tin Water Treatment plant in Tin Sum.

The bloody altercation between the two security guards happened in a guardhouse yesterday evening, according to local news reports.

According to Apple Daily, the pair had argued about “trivial… work problems” prior to starting a shift.

Ming Pao reported the dispute was about “not putting the goods in order” while Sing Tao Headline quoted a witness who said the pair argued after they’d opened the lockers.

The witness said they had fought previously.

According to a police statement, officers received a call about 6:20pm from the 58-year-old suspect himself, who, according to reports, had worked at the facility on Keng Hau road for several years.

The man allegedly told police that he had assaulted his 59-year-old colleague with a knife. The victim, according to Apple Daily, was a temporary employee who had only worked at the plant for five days.

Rushing to the scene, officers found the slightly older man, also a security guard, in a pool of blood, wrote the newspaper.

He had “neck injuries” and was “lying unconsciously inside a guardhouse,” police said, adding the victim was certified dead at scene.

Officers arrested the 58-year-old on suspicion of murder and seized a 1.5-foot-long blade in connection to the case.

Quoted in the SCMP, Sha Tin assistant district police commissioner Sam Chan Yan also characterized the initial dispute as involving “trifling matters” over work.

Yan said at least two or three fatal “bone-deep” wounds were found in the back of the victim’s neck.

Certainly not trivial wounds.

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