Meet-up turns into beat-up

Meet-up turns into beat-up
Hurt: Yang Jet Jin's bruised right eye and Fan Xing's torn and bloodied lip.

The two teens claimed they were beaten up by nine people for no reason.

Chinese national Fan Xing, 17, was left with a torn lip, dislocated jaw and swellings on the head, while Taiwanese national Yang Jet Jin, 19, had a broken nose and bruises to his eyes.

The teens, who called The New Paper hotline, claimed they were not part a gang.

When probed, Fan Xing said he had quit Secondary 4 at Balestier Hill Secondary School this year because of conduct problems. He declined to elaborate.

Their ordeal, they claim, began on March 15 when Fan Xing and Mr Yang, who is a Secondary 5 student at the same school, were at a coffee shop opposite Shaw Plaza in Balestier.

They were having dinner at about 5pm when they received a call from friends.

Said Fan Xing: "(He) told me to head down to 'slack around' at the void deck of a HDB block like we usually do, so I did not sense anything fishy about it."

When they arrived at Block 102, Jalan Rajah at close to 8pm, a group of about nine people were sitting around a table tennis table waiting for them.

The boys know several people in the group including two whom Fan Xing called "close friends".

No one said a word and one of the group suddenly charged at Mr Yang and threw a punch at him.

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