Life sen­tence for 88 fa­tal stab wounds

Judge ac­cepts joint sen­tenc­ing sub­mis­sion by Crown and de­fence

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A Cal­gary man was sen­tenced Fri­day to life in prison, with no chance of pa­role for 15 years, for the stab­bing death of an acupunc­tur­ist he sus­pected was hav­ing an af­fair with his wife.

In a joint sub­mis­sion be­tween the Crown and de­fence, Jin Qing Huang ad­mit­ted to stab­bing Tiejun Huang 88 times with two knives on June 16, 2016, at the vic­tim’s Per­pet­ual Well­ness Chi­nese Medicine Cen­tre at 16th Av­enue and Cen­tre Street N.W.

It brought a sec­ond-de­gree mur­der con­vic­tion, though Huang was ini­tially charged with first-de­gree mur­der.

In hand­ing down a sen­tence agreed to by both Crown and de­fence, Court of Queen’s Bench Jus­tice Keith Ya­mauchi said the sav­age­ness of the crime couldn’t be over­es­ti­mated.

“There are very few words that could de­scribe the sever­ity of the of­fence — shock­ing, vi­cious, cruel,” he said.

“There is a high moral blame­wor­thi­ness.”

In an agreed state­ment of facts, the ac­cused Huang, who’s not re­lated to his vic­tim, went to the clinic with two knives from his home car­ried in a lap­top com­puter bag.

His wife, Yu­juan Liang, was on one of the clinic’s beds re­ceiv­ing treat­ment when Jin Qing Huang, now 44, ap­proached acupunc­tur­ist Huang, ac­cus­ing him of hav­ing a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship with his spouse.

“You’re hav­ing an af­fair with my wife,” he said to Huang af­ter be­ing told of his wife’s pres­ence.

He then be­gan stab­bing Tiejun Huang, 51, even­tu­ally us­ing both knives dur­ing a strug­gle in which the vic­tim at­tempted to ward off the blows with both hands.

“The tip of one of the knives broke off in the skull of the de­ceased dur­ing the at­tack,” says the state­ment read in court by Crown pros­e­cu­tor Trevor Fik.

“The sec­ond knife was found af­ter the at­tack lodged in the ab­domen of the de­ceased, with only the han­dle vis­i­ble.”

One knife blade mea­sured 19 cen­time­tres in length; the other, nine cen­time­tres.

An em­ployee from a nearby restau­rant in the Cen­tral Land­mark Mall then ar­rived and be­gan per­form­ing CPR on a dy­ing Tiejun Huang, with Jin Qing Huang mov­ing aside to sit a few feet away.

A po­lice of­fi­cer who ar­rived on the scene said “the de­fen­dant was cov­ered in blood and looked like he was in shock,” stated Fik.

He didn’t re­sist when he was forced to the ground and ar­rested, noted Fik, and told the of­fi­cer, “I did it, I did it.”

As de­tails of the mur­der were trans­lated by a Can­tonese in­ter­preter, Huang hung his head in the pris­oner’s box, then wept.

Dur­ing a pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry in May 2017, his wife Liang tes­ti­fied she wasn’t hav­ing an af­fair with her acupunc­tur­ist and that the dead man’s last words to her hus­band mo­ments be­fore the stab­bing echoed that.

When ac­cused ear­lier by her hus­band that she was hav­ing an af­fair, Liang de­nied it.

“He told me that and I ex­plained to him and he still did not be­lieve me, there­fore I brought up the is­sue of di­vorce,” she told the in­quiry.

She said her hus­band ex­pe­ri­enced mood swings fol­low­ing a car ac­ci­dent four months be­fore the stab­bing.

De­fence lawyer Adri­ano Iovinelli said Huang had found re­li­gious faith while in lockup and had been bap­tized there.

He also said his client had suf­fered from de­pres­sion prior to the crime, though em­pha­sized it doesn’t ex­cuse it.

GAVIN YOUNG

Jin Qing Huang, 42, of Cal­gary pleaded guilty Fri­day to sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in the death of 51-year-old Tiejun Huang in the Per­pet­ual Well­ness Chi­nese Medicine Cen­tre. Court heard he be­lieved the acupunc­tur­ist was hav­ing an af­fair with his wife.

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