A 65-year-old Chinese language pensioner was charged with kidnapping his four-year-old granddaughter get money so he may gamble. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
The playing world is stuffed with mysterious, terrifying, and great tales, from weird dangerous beats to hair-raising heists, murders, and even ghosts. However on the subject of playing crimes, the story of a Chinese language pensioner – who kidnapped his granddaughter and demanded greater than $70,000 as ransom – is tough to beat.
Not a lot is understood in regards to the 65-year-old Shanghai man, apart from his surname being Yuan and that he had an issue with playing. In response to studies, Yuan had developed abdomen most cancers, was divorced from his spouse, and had been neglecting his enterprise as a result of playing.
Yuan took determined measures to proceed fueling his playing habit
After racking up substantial playing money owed, Yuan took determined measures to proceed fueling his playing habit wants earlier this yr.
A plan in motion
It began when Yuan picked up his granddaughter from kindergarten and took her out for one thing to eat with out her mom‘s data. When the little woman‘s mom arrived at college to choose her up, she realized she was lacking. It was then that she obtained a textual content message from her father demanding $72,500.
In his message, Yuan stated to his daughter: “Take out 500,000 yuan ($72,500) in three days, otherwise you‘ll by no means see your valuable daughter once more.”
Determined to get her daughter again, the mom rang Yuan as much as persuade him to cease what he was doing. Nonetheless, she didn’t sway him and Yuan even threatened to kill his daughter if she didn‘t pay up.
Yuan was arrested the identical day he kidnapped his granddaughter after his daughter reported him. Charged with extortion, Yuan was despatched to Xinshou Jail, a facility in Shanghai.
Granddad in jail
Pleading not responsible to the costs, Yuan informed the court docket that the kidnapping needs to be thought of a household matter reasonably than a criminal offense. In some cases, Chinese language courts can designate crimes inside households as household affairs. This additionally consists of home violence.
Yuan went on a starvation strike and had issue with different prisoners
On this case, the court docket determined to condemn him; nonetheless, it‘s not recognized how lengthy his sentence is. Whereas serving his jail sentence, Yuan went on a starvation strike and had issue with different prisoners. He additionally made allegations that his daughter wished him to die and accused his daughter of being ungrateful.
“I‘m 65 years outdated, and my daughter nonetheless comes after me,” he stated. “She doesn‘t need me to enhance, she simply desires me to die!” he stated.
It was solely after his ex-wife and daughter contacted him in jail that Yuan stopped resisting efforts and ended his starvation strike.
Following the information of Yuan‘s drastic measures to proceed playing, many took to social media to specific their horror.
One particular person wrote on Weibo, China‘s model of X: “I‘d minimize off contact with him. No thought what he‘d do after he will get out of jail.”
Why Yuan thought this was a good suggestion shouldn’t be recognized, however it‘s unlikely he‘ll be invited to household social gatherings any time quickly.