By G9ija

  • The suspect cut off the restaurant owner’s head as he was being overcharged
  • The victim’s head is thrown in a dish-washing bucket outside his shop in Wuhan
  • Local police appealed to the public not to distribute gruesome pictures online 

A restaurateur from China has been brutally decapitated after an outraged customer accused him of overcharging by 3 yuan (36 pence) on a meal.

The 42-year-old victim from Hubei province, surnamed Yao, was attacked by a 22-year-old patron who said he was wrongly charged for three bowls of noodles on February 18.

The diner was sent into such a rage that he beheaded Yao with a cleaver and coldly disposed his head in a nearby bucket.

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Thanks to quick-acting witnesses, the suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with murder.

The horrific act took place at a small village near Wuchang Railway Station, in central China.

The suspect, surnamed Hu, from Sichuan province ordered three lots of noodles and later found out he was charged one yuan (12 pence) more than the price stated on the menu for one bowl of noodle.

Restaurant owner Yao allegedly told him: ‘If you can’t pay for it, don’t eat and get out!’

The horrific act took place in a small village near Wuchang Railway Station two days ago

The horrific act took place in a small village near Wuchang Railway Station two days ago

The 22-year-old suspect, Hu, was arrested right on scene when the police arrived. The butcher knife is believed to be his weapon for killing restaurant owner Yao

Hu has a grade two disability registration card

The 22-year-old suspect, Hu, was arrested right on scene when the police arrived. The butcher knife is believed to be his weapon for killing restaurant owner Yao

The two started a brawl while other customers were still eating.

According to People’s Daily, Hu grabbed a butcher knife from the kitchen and started stabbing Yao’s body.

He then chopped off his head and threw it in a dish-washing bucket.

Over 50 people witnessed the incident and the police were quickly alerted.

Restaurant owner, Yao, was decapitated by the diner who got enraged by the price of noodles

Restaurant owner, Yao, was decapitated by the diner who got enraged by the price of noodles

Police arrived the crime scene and collected evidence while the public gathered to watch

Police arrived the crime scene and collected evidence while the public gathered to watch

Gruesome pictures and videos of the act are circulating around Weibo, a Chinese social media in the past two days.

Wuhan Police department appealed to members of the public not to distribute the distressing pictures on social media.

People’s Daily reporters visited suspect Hu’s house and found a grade two disability registration card from Xuanhan Disabled Person’s Federation.

Hu is said to be suffered from a mental illness.

It is reported that the 42-year-old victim, Yao, was living with his 11-year-old son following a divorce five years ago.

The case is under further investigation by Wuchang police.