Domestic violence victim wins reprieve
A woman who was sentenced to death for killing her abusive husband received a two-year reprieve sentence.
Li Yan, a 43-year-old from Sichuan province, was sentenced to death in 2011 for murdering her spouse Tan Yong.
Tan had physically, sexually and verbally abused Li after they got married in 2009, burning her with cigarettes and cutting off one of her fingers.
Li killed her husband a year later with an air gun, cut up his body and boiled the body parts, media reports said, perhaps in an effort to dispose of them.
Her case, which highlighted the plight of victims of domestic violence, aroused widespread discussion on Internet. Many women activists appealed for a lighter sentence for her considering the abuse she had suffered.
The high court in Sichuan province in Southwest China ordered the reprieve Friday.