Rising body count chills Chinese community

Horrifying trend: Police cordon off the area (above left) where the body of a 27-year-old Chinese man was found in bushland off Mt Ousley Rd; police search at Pheasants Nest after the discovery of Ling Mao’s body (top right); and flowers at the scene of the Lin family murders in North Epping.
Nanjing Night Net

Chinese Australians are horrified by the increasing number of brutal murders in their community, according to the editor of a Sydney-based Chinese newspaper.Sing Hao Daily editor Vincent Ho said the gruesome discovery of a 27-year-old Chinese national’s body in bushland off Mt Ousley Rd, and the shocking multiple murders of five members of the Lin family in Sydney’s north, were the talk of online message boards in Australia and Hong Kong and the lead stories in Australian Chinese newspapers.”It’s shocking and it feels like it is contagious – so many people dying of such violent deaths,” Mr Ho said.”The recent one looks like a kidnapping, but I can’t give any reasonable explanation for them.”Detectives from the NSW Asian Crime Squad are investigating the murder of the 27-year-old, who was reported missing on March 4.The man’s body, found by a colliery worker on Friday, was placed between two wooden boards, wrapped in vinyl and secured with duct tape.It followed the discovery of the dismembered body of Epping woman Ling Mao, 33, at Pheasants Nest on August 9 and the Lin family murders on July 18.Last November the bodies of two Chinese women, known only as “Jenny” and “Susan” were found with their throats slit in an Auburn flat.Epping’s Huan Sun, 34, has been charged with the murder of Ms Mao, but all the other murders remain a mystery.Meantime, Wei Chen, a 39-year-old businesswoman who disappeared from her Lidcombe home on July 15, remains missing.Mr Ho said he doubted Chinese gangs or mafia were involved or that the murders were linked.”The mafia have all gone, they were all deported,” Mr Ho said. “A few years back they attended a birthday party and all their guys turned up and were being photographed by the police, so they were all identified and deported.”But he said the drug trade and sex slavery were well organised.

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