Fam­ily of 4 sen­tenced to death for killing land­lords

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By XIE CHUANJIAO in Qing­dao, Shan­dong xiechuan­jiao@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A fam­ily of four who mur­dered their land­lords — an­other fam­ily of four — was sen­tenced to death by a court in Qing­dao, Shan­dong prov­ince, on Fri­day.

The Qing­dao In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court said the four de­fen­dants com­mit­ted heinous crimes with de­spi­ca­ble mo­tives and cruel be­hav­ior, caus­ing huge so­cial harm and bring­ing about panic in the local com­mu­nity.

Ac­cord­ing to the ver­dict, 40-year-old Li Zhongji, his 32-year-old wife Li Chen­hua, and his adop­tive par­ents Li Zhongzhi and Jin Shan­jin, both aged 68, rented an apart­ment on the sixth floor of a build­ing in Qing­dao’s Chengyang dis­trict in Oc­to­ber but failed to pay any rent.

The four, of Korean eth­nic­ity, came from North­east China’s Jilin prov­ince.

Their land­lords, a cou­ple sur­named Ji and Jiang who lived on the sev­enth floor of the build­ing, urged them to pay their rent many times. Hav­ing no money, Li Zhongji de­cided to rob the cou­ple and hold them hostage, and de­vel­oped a plan with the other three fam­ily mem­bers.

On Nov 14, Li Zhongji tricked Ji — the hus­band — into their rented apart­ment, sub­dued him and bound him. Then they did the same thing to Jiang, Ji’s wife. When Jiang fought back, they smoth­ered her to death.

They then stran­gled Ji’s 8-year-old son and 16-yearold daugh­ter. When the daugh­ter was un­con­scious Li Zhongji raped her.

Fi­nally they killed the hus­band be­fore taking cash of 4,700 yuan ($684) and sev­eral items in­clud­ing a 675-yuan watch from the vic­tims’ home.

On Nov 15, the four de­fen­dants took a taxi from Qing­dao to Bei­jing’s Chang­ping dis­trict. They de­stroyed the mo­bile phones they stole from the vic­tims.

They were ar­rested by po­lice in Chang­ping the next day.

The ver­dict also ruled that the de­fen­dants should pay funeral ex­penses of 127,404 yuan and trans­porta­tion fees of 2,000 yuan.

The four said they would not ap­peal.

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