A Chinese man was arrested on Hainan island located south of mainland China after he was caught on CCTV pushing his mentally disabled son into the ocean for a chance to stage an accident and claim insurance money.
The 64 year- old father, known as Yang, reported to local authorities that his 38-year old son had accidentally fallen into the ocean and gone missing after the incident on Monday 28th September, 2020.
Yang later confessed to the police that he had faked the disappearance of his son who ‘was a heavy burden to the family’. Police were able to found the son’s body and detained the father amid ongoing investigations.
During the investigation, the police officers found CCTV footage of Yang’s son being pushed off the dock by a man wearing the same clothing as the father. It’s reported that Yang also appeared unusually calm without showing any sadness or devastation.
The father initially denied any allegation and repeatedly asked the police to issue a formal notice proving his son’s accidental disappearance. The father of the disabled man eventually admitted that he had planned the incident with a distant relative back in mainland China in the hope of claiming insurance money for his own use.
He offered the family member known as Li 6,000 Chinese RMB ($880USD) to help him do the job. CCTV footage shows the father signaling his relative to push his son, who was peeing while standing on the edge of the dock. After the relative hesitated to take action, Yang walked up and pushed his son into the sea.
The father later confessed to officers that he had bought personal accident insurance for his son last year. The local authorities have arrested the father and the family member involved amid an ongoing investigation. The son’s body was found on Thursday 1st of October.