Icheoku took a little excursion into the world of public urination to see if it is a widely frowned happenstance or just restricted to China? We discovered that in Hialeah Florida, United States of America, a man was shot and killed for urinating in public. According to the narrative, the victim was repeatedly asked to stop urinating along 79th Street and West 5th Avenue in Hialeah. He refused which resulted to a fight wherein another man pulled out a gun and shot the victim in the chest. The good news however is that unlike the Chinese incident, the shooting of the unarmed urinating man was not carried out by agents of the state; the culprit here was arrested and is currently facing prosecution for homicide.
Again in Brisbane Australia, a man was killed as recently as October 10th, 2008, for urinating in public. The victim died after being tied up and beaten because he had urinated on their wall. The Queensland Supreme Court on Friday heard that 47-year-old Thomas John Standish, from Lawnton north of Brisbane, died after being punched repeatedly and having masking tape wrapped around his head. Michael John McPhee, 41, and Damien James Frame, 28, then dumped Mr Standish's body in Goong Creek at Beachmere, north-east of Brisbane.
The court was told they tied bricks to Mr Standish's body, wrapped him in a doona and used a knife to slit his stomach to allow water in so he would sink faster. Icheoku says all because of ordinary urine which evaporates within few minutes? They were arrested and charged with murder but later plead to manslaughter and interfering with a corpse. McPhee was sentenced to eight and a half years in jail while his accomplice Frame was sentenced to seven and a half years.
Again the Chinese authorities arrested a Chinese table-tennis player for public urination outside a Beijing karaoke club. The Chinese table-tennis star Wang Hao was however not killed, unlike the Nigerian; but was merely cited and asked to get counselling. He was a two-time Olympic singles silver medallist. This is the idle thing to do in such a situation, but to kill somebody becuase he urinated in any place regardless, is somewhat over-reaching, scandalous and smacks of arbitrariness and an official lynching! It is condemnable!