Killer of 19 gets death sen­tence

Court says con­fes­sion, re­morse not enough for le­nient sen­tence

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By CHINA DAILY

A man who killed 19 peo­ple, in­clud­ing his par­ents and a 3-year-old, was sen­tenced to death on Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal court in Yun­nan prov­ince.

The Qu­jing In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court found Yang Qing­pei guilty of mur­der­ing his par­ents at home in Yema vil­lage on Sept 28 af­ter they re­fused his re­quest for money to pay back his debt and blamed him for his sit­u­a­tion.

The 28-year-old then killed 17 of his neigh­bors from six fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing three chil­dren, with a pickax fear­ing they would dis­cover his crime, ac­cord­ing to the court.

Ages of the vic­tims range from 3 to 72. Eight of them were fe­male.

The man fled to Yun­nan’s pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Kun­ming and was ar­rested by lo­cal po­lice the fol­low­ing day.

The Min­istry of Pub­lic Secu- rity sent a team led by a se­nior of­fi­cer to guide the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the case.

Yang con­fessed and showed re­pen­tance, but that wasn’t enough for the court to hand down a le­nient sen­tence con­sid­er­ing the se­vere con­se­quences of his bru­tal crime, the court said.

Ac­cord­ing to me­dia re­ports, Yang, who was mar­ried, worked in Kun­ming for years and fell into debt as a re­sult of gam­bling.

Two se­niors were found dead first, and lo­cal po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case when they found the bodies of the other 17, China News Ser­vice re­ported.

Yang ac­cepted the sen­tence and said he will not ap­peal.

He pleaded guilty to all charges, ex­pressed re­morse and apol­o­gized to the rel­a­tives of the de­ceased when he stood trial on July 19, which was wit­nessed by 200 spec­ta­tors in­clud­ing rel­a­tives, law­mak­ers, me­dia and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

Rel­a­tives of the vic­tims have with­drawn their ap­peals for civil com­pen­sa­tion as the lo­cal govern­ment has “prop­erly” dealt with the af­ter­math of the in­ci­dent, China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion re­ported on Fri­day.

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