Conviction Reached in Brutal Beating Death of Ruan Wen Hui Last Year

Posted on: September 28th, 2015 at 10:22 am by

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Wen Ruan Hui and the accused, Jamie Pugh

Last week, justice came for the Hui family of Alphabet City. The man who killed 68-year-old Ruan Wen Hui in May 2014 was convicted and could likely pay dearly.

Hui was a retired garment worker who lived on Avenue C and East Seventh Street with his wife. According to news reports at the time, he had just dropped off his two granddaughters at around 8:45pm when the attack occurred. The now 21-year-old perp – Jamie Pugh – threw Hui against the wall of 745 East 6th Street in a robbery attempt, before being kicked and punched repeatedly in the head. Hui died of his injuries a day later in Bellevue Hospital.

The accused – Jamie Pugh – banked on an alibi given that he was unknowingly slipped the club drug Molly (MDMA), and didn’t remember the events. The jury wasn’t convinced beyond a reasonable doubt and he was found guilty last week of second-degree murder

We are told that Pugh could conceivably receive 25-to-life when sentenced on Oct 22. He has a daughter.

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