Two sentenced to death in China for violent attacks
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Last Updated: Friday, June 11, 2010, 21:59
Beijing: Two Chinese who carried out violent attacks in China, including one who killed eight people, were awarded death sentences by courts on Friday.

Zhou Yezhong, 36, accused of stabbing eight people, including three of his family members to death in April this year, was sentenced to death at a court in east China's Jiangxi Province, a court spokesman said.

Zhou was charged with and convicted of wilful murder in the first-instance trial by the Intermediary People's Court of Ji'an City of Jiangxi Province, said Long Xiaomao, a spokesman of the court.

In a fit of rage Zhou, a gambling addict, killed his mother, wife, 10-year-old daughter, four neighbours and one migrant worker with a knife in Badu Township of Ji'an's Jishui County on May 8.

He reportedly had a fight with his wife before he indulged in the horrible violence.

Zhou sentence came on the day when Chen Kangbing, a school teacher, was awarded death sentence by first-instance trial at the Intermediary People's Court of Zhanjiang city in Guangdong province today for injuring 16 children and a tutor in a knife attack.

Though all his victims survived the attack, Chen was charged with and convicted of "murder".

"Chen hacked the children and teacher in a very cruel manner, causing great harm," the verdict said.

Chen in his 40s, barged into Leicheng No.1 primary school in Leizhou city with a 40-cm knife and attacked children on the fifth and sixth floors of the building on April 28.

He pleaded guilty to the charges against him. It is not immediately known whether he will make an appeal.

With the today?s death sentences those who have been sentenced to death for violent attacks in the recent weeks has gone up to four.

Two others, who carried out 'social revenge' attacks on school children, were executed by firing squads after they were sentenced to death by courts earlier.

Separately, two attackers committed suicide after the incidents.

In the wake of a spate of attacks on school children carried out by angry and frustrated men, provincial governments in China have launched stringent security measures.

Eighteen people, mostly school children, have been killed and 100 others injured in seven such attacks since March this year.


First Published: Friday, June 11, 2010, 21:59

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