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Man kills vendor over fake iPhone

Police have arrested a man in Zhengzhou, China, for attacking a group of cellphone vendors after being sold a fake iPhone. Identified only as “Mr Feng”, the 29 year old killed one vendor and put another in the hospital.

Photos of the attack, murder weapon and fake iPhone surfaced on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo and online community QQ soon afterwards.

Fake iPhone murder weapon
Feng said he was approached by a vendor while shopping at the city’s 27 Plaza, who offered to sell him an iPhone for 2000 Yuan (US$317). After Feng agreed to buy it, the vendor left to fetch him a “new iPhone”, but returned with a clever replica. He then quickly disappeared.

After he realised he’d been scammed, Feng returned daily to the Plaza with a large kitchen knife, looking for the vendor who had sold him the phone. Last week, he walked in on another scam transaction.  He confronted them, threatened them with the knife, and demanded they give the customer his money back. They agreed.

Three days later, Feng was taunted by the vendors as he still hadn’t tracked down the man who sold him the fake phone. A fight broke out and Feng stabbed one man in the chest and another in his right leg. One vendor bled to death while the other was admitted to hospital with abdominal injuries.

Fake iPhone murder
Photos courtesy China Hush

Author | Lauren Granger

Lauren Granger
While studying towards her Bachelor of Journalism degree at Rhodes University, Lauren gave into her fascination with everything digital. As she was more interested in creeping tech sites and Twitter than she was in picking up one of those printed things called 'newspapers', she decided to specialise in... More