Chou You-huang, a 34-year-old resident of south Taiwan’s Pingtung county, told police that he had requested a meeting with the 40-year-old victim, Chuang Shih-chang, after he found out about the online relationship.
When Chuang turned up at the agreed spot outside a restaurant early Saturday morning, Chou and two of his friends attacked him with baseball bats, according to police.
The three men beat him ferociously and then left him there, believing he had not suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police statements.
Chuang was discovered dead shortly afterwards. Police subsequently arrested the three allegedly involved in the assault.