Five target killers have been sent to prison for attempted murder after each of them sub-contracted the task of murdering a businessman to other in China.
According to metro.co.uk, a Chinese trader Tan Youhui hired a contract killer for two million yuan (0.285 million dollar) to polish off his real estate business competitor, Wei Mau, after a legal battle against him protracted.
The target killer subcontracted the task to another assassin for one million yuan. This contract killer offered the job to a third target killer, who subcontracted to a fourth, who gave the task to a fifth man.
However, the fifth one was so angry over the cheap contract that he asked the target to fake his death so that he could get the money, who eventually informed the police about this.
A court in Guangxi, China, has charged the businessman, who had hired the first killer, along all the five hitmen with attempted murder after trial of three years.
“In 2013, Tan Youhui had hired a hitman named Xi Guangan to kill Wei. Xi contacted another hitman, Mo Tianxiang offering him half the original sum. Mo then decided to contact a third hitman, Yang Kangsheng, who quoted an upfront price of 270,000 Yuan (£29,775) to carry out the hit, with 500,000 (£55,140) Yuan to be handed over once it was done.
“However, Yang Kangsheng passed it on to another hitman, Yang Guangsheng, for a further reduced fee. The contract finally came to the fifth hitman, Ling Xiansi, who eventually told the police,” metro.co.uk reported.
The businessman has been jailed for five years, while, the first hitman has been sentenced to three years and six months. The second and third hitmen have been imprisoned for three years and three months each, the fourth one has been jailed for three years, and the last one has been sentenced to two years and seven months.