Death for man who stabbed kids

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - WORLD -

BEI­JING: A knife- wield­ing man who stabbed 22 pupils at a pri­mary school in China has been sen­tenced to death.

The Xinyang City In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court said yes­ter­day Min Yongjun, 37, was found guilty of in­ten­tional homi­cide and con­demned to death, al­most a year af­ter he stormed a school in the cen­tral prov­ince of Henan and slashed dozens of pupils.

No one was killed but 22 chil­dren were in­jured in the at­tack. Sur­veil­lance footage showed Min pur­su­ing a group of fright­ened chil­dren through an un­guarded school gate.

Un­der Chi­nese law, those who plot or at­tempt to kill can be con­victed of in­ten­tional homi­cide, even if no one dies.

Chi­nese so­cial me­dia users com­plained in the af­ter­math of the at­tack that do­mes­tic me­dia should have given the in­ci­dent more cov­er­age. They hailed yes­ter­day’s verdict.

“What a hate­ful mur­derer, putting his hands on chil­dren!” one user wrote. – Sapa-AFP

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