Newcastle’s economy is currently facing many challenges due to the past few months of lockdown. Seeing factories begin actioning a mass shutdown, numerous businesses closing their doors and of course the increase in unemployment. Thus, one would think that in these trying times, every place of employment would be valued that much more by our communities.
Sadly, this was not the case for yet another factory owner, who was brutally killed, allegedly stabbed to death by a staff member.
The incident took place on Sunday morning, August 16, between 8 am and 8.30 am. According to Alex Liu, the perpetrator stabbed both the factory owner and his wife with a broken beer bottle.
“The attacker had apparently done welding work for the factory owner. The motive for the murder is believed to be robbery,” Liu explains.
Following the ruthless attack, the couple was rushed to hospital. Liu says, despite the best efforts of doctors, the factory owner succumbed to his wounds and passed away. His wife is currently in critical condition in ICU at the hospital, desperately fighting for her life.
This is the second vicious murder in less than a month and follows the murder of a factory owner, who was strangled to death at his factory on July 27.
“One may argue that the previous murder was done by foreign workers. But this time, it is local. My biggest concern is that we have never experienced so much hatred and mistrust before, which is due to opportunistic politicians,” says Liu.
Following the murder, Liu says nothing will be the same. “I worry that the collapse of the clothing industry has now begun.”
This follows factories conducting a staged shutdown, which was meant to be as an act of solidarity and to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
Pixelfish Marketing and the Newcastillian would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the factory owner’s family and friends during this difficult time.