Man Says He Beat Boy In Lift Over Work And Home Stress

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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The grinning man filmed throttling a schoolboy and punching him 15 times in the corner of a lift before walking away has been arrested and said he did it because he was frustrated at work.

Authorities in the city of Hefei, capital of Anhui Province in East China said the suspect surnamed Liang was detained after a police stake-out outside his residence, although the arrest happened after cops found him at a nearby park.

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Shocking CCTV video showed Liang, 30, cornering the boy, 12, inside the lift in his residential tower block before throttling the child and thumping him on the head nine times in just five seconds.

The incident on 11th September left the defenceless boy shielding his head as the suspect kicks him in the midriff and then punches him six more times before casually strolling out the lift doors, the footage showed.

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Liang, who does not live in the Xicheng Shanshuiju Residential District where the boy’s family resides, was not found until several days later.

The Shushan Branch of the Hefei Public Security Bureau confirmed that Liang had been arrested at around 11pm local time on 14th September.

According to the police, Liang has a prior conviction for assault a female victim as well as a minor, leading to a two-year sentence.

He told investigators in a chilling confession that he had spotted the boy alone and followed him into the lift in order to carry out the attack, the cops said.

His actions were a result of “frustrations at work and at home”, the authorities said in their statement.

Liang remains in custody as further investigations continue.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.