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Monday, July 26, 1999 Published at 17:23 GMT 18:23 UK


Triad machete victim named

The victim's sports car was damaged during the attack

A man beaten to death after his car was apparently rammed at a roundabout may have been the victim of a Triad gang attack, according to police.

He has been named as Hok Wan Leung, a 34-year-old unemployed chef from north London.

Police in Colchester, Essex, are still questioning 24 men about the incident early on Sunday, and said they were still seeking more people.

They also said they had taken possession of four cars thought to have been involved in the incident, and were looking for another three.

Deadly chase

The convoy was thought to have been involved in a chase along the A12 towards Colchester before the attack.

The pursuit may have begun as far away as Swiss Cottage in north London.

An Essex Police spokesman said Mr Leung, who was married, was one of four men of Chinese extraction in a black Vauxhall Tigra which was found damaged at the Middleborough roundabout near the centre of Colchester.

He said: "This car was damaged on the near side and front and it is believed this was as a result of a collision with at least one other vehicle."

Machete attack

The spokesman said three weapons - a baseball bat, a machete and "another metal implement" - were found at the scene.

Mr Leung died in hospital from multiple injuries to his head, body, arms and leg.

Detectives said they were keen to trace a young woman thought to have been in one of the cars.

A spokesman said: "Police are appealing for her to come forwards, if only to eliminate herself from enquiries."

They are also keen to speak to the driver of a white Ford Sierra who might have witnessed an earlier fight along the A12 at Easthorpe, south west of Colchester, before 0200 on Sunday.

The police spokesman said: "This is believed to be linked to the Middleborough incident."

Triad underground

There are believed to be up to 1,000 Triad members in the UK.

The three main groups are the 14K, which is strongest in Birmingham and the north of England, Shui Fong, which is dominant in London, Glasgow and the south coast, and Wo Shing Wo, which has its powerbase in Manchester.

In 1991 Hong Kong businessman Lam Ying Kit was shot four times after he tried to take over the Shui Fong - also known as Wo On Lok - in the UK.

Anyone with information about the Colchester murder is asked to contact Essex Police on 01206 762212 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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