Beijing: A Chinese man known as "dungeon
devil", who was accused of kidnapping and caging two teenage
girls in a dungeon for nearly two years as sex slaves, was
sentenced to death.
The Intermediate People`s Court of Wuhan, Central
China`s Hubei province, on Sunday convicted 40-year-old Zeng
Qiangbao, a worker in a steep factory in Wuhan, on the charges
of rape, illegally imprisoning, robbery and forcible seizure,
official media here reported Tuesday.
The court heard that Zeng had caged two teenage girls
in a dungeon for 590 days and 317 days as sex slaves until
they were rescued by police on May 14 last year.
He also raped another nine women from July 2007 to May
2010, the prosecutor said.
According to the prosecutor, on September 16, 2008,
Zeng captured 16-year-old Hu and took her to a dungeon under
his house and raped her.
On July 2, 2009, Zeng kidnapped another 19-year-old
girl surnamed Zhou and sexually assaulted her. The girl was
also kept in the dungeon.
The girls were repeatedly beaten and raped by Zeng,
the prosecutor said.
The two were rescued on May 14, 2010, after a man
surnamed Du visited his friend`s electronics repair shop and
found a note in a partially dismantled television. It read:
"Help. I`ve been held prisoner underground for more than a
Along with the words was a hand-drawn map that showed
where the girls were being kept, as well as the telephone
number and address of Zhou`s family.
Du called the number and informed Zhou`s father, who
lived just 200 meters from where his daughter was being held.
The father immediately called police and arrived at the scene
a few hours later.
The police later rushed to the scene and found the two
girls naked and on the verge of death.
A week before the rescue, Zeng was detained by the
local police for allegedly raping a woman who later reported
him to the police. However, Zeng said nothing to the police
about the girls in the dungeon when police interrogated him.
The case shocked the media and the public, and Zeng
was referred to as a "dungeon devil".
"Zeng, who devastated the physical and psychological
health of the girls and exerted an extremely negative
influence on society, should be severely punished," said the
After the verdict was announced, Zeng said he would
appeal to a higher court, claiming the sentence is too severe
as he didn`t cause death or pregnancy.
He also claimed he has a mental problem and will apply
for psychiatric evaluation.