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.
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.