In a plot for the murder of a Chinese businessman made by his competitor gone wrong, five hitmen have been jailed for attempted murder, after each one of them avoided carrying out the job and continued to pass the task to one another.
Chinese business tycoon, Tan Youhui planned to take out a competitor and was looking for a hitman for the purpose. Youhui was willing to pay 2 million yuan (£218,000) to get the job done. The hitman that was originally hired by Youhui, offered the job to another hitman for half the price. The second hitman then subcontracted the task to the third man who further subcontracted to the fourth hitman, who then subcontracted to the fifth one.
Fortunately, the fifth hitman not satisfied with the value of the contract asked the target to fake his own death, which eventually led the police finding of the plot. The businessman and all the hired assassins were convicted by the court in Nanning, Guangxi, following a trial that lasted three years.
The story of the original dispute dates back to 2013 when Wei decided to sue real estate developer Youhui. Youhui knew well that the chance existed that he might lose the lengthy course battle so he decided to kill his competitor and hired Xi Guangan for the purpose. Xi hired Mo Tianxiang for the job for half the original price. 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.
Yang Kangshen passed the job to another hitman Yang Guansheng who further passed the job fifth man named Ling Xiansi who eventually revealed the truth to the police.
The businessman who hired the hitman in the first place was convicted for five years, while the first hitman was jailed for three years and six months. Yang Kangsheng and Yang Guangsheng were sentenced to three years and three months, Mo was sentenced to three years, and Ling was sentenced to two years and seven months.