‘Mute’ killer be­comes mute for real

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE -

BEI­JING: A Chi­nese mur­derer who pre­tended to be a mute in an at­tempt to con­ceal his past ended up los­ing the power of speech for real, a lo­cal news­pa­per re­ported.

The man, sur­named Zeng, left his vil­lage in the east­ern prov­ince of Zhe­jiang in 2005 af­ter killing his wife’s un­cle fol­low­ing a rent dis­pute over 500 yuan (RM307), the Zhe­jiang Daily re­ported.

Zeng, then aged 33, pre­tended to be mute and man­aged to find a job at a con­struc­tion site in another prov­ince. He changed his name, got mar­ried and be­came a fa­ther.

But lo­cal po­lice even­tu­ally be­came sus­pi­cious at Zeng’s lack of iden­tity pa­pers. They or­dered a blood test and dis­cov­ered last Oc­to­ber that his DNA closely matched that of the par­ents of the mur­derer wanted for 12 years.

Zeng con­fessed in writ­ing. “Af­ter 12 years of si­lence, he can no longer speak,” ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

“By not speak­ing, I was not go­ing to say any­thing stupid,” Zeng told po­lice in writ­ing. He faces a pos­si­ble death sen­tence if con­victed of mur­der. – AFP

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