Man who claimed to kill for devil gets life sentence
The defendant admitted that he had thrust a knife into the victim's body but said he believed that it would not cause any injury
A 32-year-old Canadian man of Vietnamese origin was jailed for life by a court in Hong Kong on Wednesday for stabbing to death the proprietor of a 7-Eleven convenience store.
Bui Van Cuong was found guilty of murder in a unanimous verdict at the Court of First Instance after three hours of deliberation by jurors, Sing Pao Daily News reported.
Judge Maggie Poon called the case “unfortunate”, adding that the victim, Cheng Ka-pui, was a good man who lost his life because of Bui’s attack.
Bui, who travelled to Hong Kong in December 2015, was accused of killing Cheng, 38, at a 7-Eleven store on Pitt Street in Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon on March 8 last year.
Bui went to the store three times that night. During the second visit, he stole potato chips, prompting an argument with Cheng. Bui then left but returned to the store later with a stolen knife and stabbed Cheng.
Cheng collapsed behind the cash register and was taken to hospital, but died six days later.
Police arrested Bui at a McDonald’s restaurant in Jordan in Kowloon the day after the attack.
The court heard earlier that Bui told police officers after his arrest that he had heard a “voice of the devil” telling him to kill someone, Oriental Daily reported.
During previous hearings, Bui said he was not affected by drugs or alcohol but controlled a devil with black magic. He denied that he was mentally ill but said the devil told him to injure people as a mission. He admitted that he had thrust a knife into the victim’s body but said he believed that it would not cause any injury.
Bui said he had stayed in a hostel during the initial period after his arrival to Hong Kong but he began staying in a McDonald’s restaurant after he spent all his money.