How an animal fetish led to a mob butchering a man in Hong Kong

Written by By Lynsey Barber, CNN Hong Kong The city finally got serious about dangerous cow parsnip near pedestrian areas. The attack involved driving a car over pedestrians while the occupants performed air-pumping maneuvers…

How an animal fetish led to a mob butchering a man in Hong Kong

Written by By Lynsey Barber, CNN Hong Kong

The city finally got serious about dangerous cow parsnip near pedestrian areas.

The attack involved driving a car over pedestrians while the occupants performed air-pumping maneuvers on the stunt.

The driver was shot dead, and a handful of pedestrians were injured in June 2018.

Footage shows the mob run after the BMW 5 Series sedan and stabs its driver. One stabbing occurred around the beginning of the video.

According to police, the driver attempted to drive over a group of people in San Yi Tau Chi area, killing one person, and injuring two others.

Tuberculosis hospital

The courtyard outside the body of the late driver. (Maer Koon Lam/CCBY)

After the incident, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam issued a warning to locals to avoid pedestrian areas in the city.

At the time, a health ministry spokesman said that the Dutchman behind the machete attack on passengers at a train station in the neighboring city of Shenzhen in July 2018, was obsessed with the legume.

The spokesperson said the Netherlandsman, 41-year-old Osman Arslan, had previously tried to enter Hong Kong’s main tuberculosis hospital twice in April with a stool sample that he claimed came from a person sick with TB.

In June, Shenzhen police reported they were investigating a case of animal cruelty in which a pedestrian was killed and two others injured by a motorbike.

The 50-year-old motorcyclist was found in possession of a mobile phone that had videos of animal cruelty, and contained the names of people in Europe and the U.S.

He is known to have lived in Hong Kong and traveled abroad regularly, according to the South China Morning Post.

From lovesick man to angry cow parsnip man

South China Morning Post has put together a fantastic timeline explaining the depraved man, who was often seen in Hong Kong’s red light district and media reports revealed him as a 54-year-old loner with an extreme personality disorder.

In 2017, he admitted to a court that he had been in love with a man for 20 years. The pair had been engaged since 1999, but lived as husband and wife in the same three-room apartment in Hong Kong, according to South China Morning Post.

Cowsare parsnip, a weird-looking yam. (Photo courtesy of Southern University of Science and Technology of China)

The man became so upset that he drove a motorbike into his live-in partner’s room and threw her out onto the balcony. She fled to a neighbor’s place to avoid being strangled by the bike.

The man had an obsession with cowsare parsnip, or acorn parsnip, a deadly plant that grows in North Africa and the Middle East. In addition to having special seeds, it is said to have a very short growing season — meaning it can reach dangerous heights if planted where there is lots of snow.

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