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Chinese Good Samaritan kills himself over accusations

Published on Jan 8, 2014 3:42 PM
 

BEIJING (AFP) - A man who aided a senior citizen only to be accused of knocking him down has committed suicide in the face of demands for compensation, Chinese media reported on Wednesday.

The story is an extreme case of a Good Samaritan tale gone sour in China, where recent reports of helpers facing huge financial demands have triggered a heated debate over the country's law and morals.

Wu Weiqing, 46, from Dongyuan in the southern province of Guangdong, was riding his motorbike on New Year's Eve when he came across an elderly man who appeared to have been knocked over, Wu's widow told the Southern Metropolis Daily newspaper.

Wu helped the man up and drove him to a local clinic, she said, where he paid 3,500 yuan (S$735) in medical fees for him.

 
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