Pros­e­cu­tors: Stu­dents stalked be­fore killing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­[email protected]­

A man ac­cused of hack­ing two school­boys to death in Shang­hai in June ap­peared in court on Thurs­day on charges of in­ten­tional killing.

Two 10-year-olds were killed, and an­other boy and a vic­tim’s mother were in­jured, after the 29-year-old man at­tacked them to vent per­sonal spite ow­ing to work trou­bles, the Shang­hai No 1 In­ter­me­di­ate Court heard.

The pros­e­cu­tors said that the man, sur­named Huang, from Shaoyang, Hu­nan prov­ince, came to Shang­hai on June 6 and bought a stain­less steel kitchen knife from a su­per­mar­ket on June 12.

After go­ing to sev­eral pri­mary schools and kin­der­gartens in the city, the col­lege grad­u­ate de­cided to com­mit the crime at the Shang­hai World For­eign Lan­guage Pri­mary School on Pubei Road in Xuhui district.

On the morn­ing of June 28, Huang ar­rived in the vicin­ity of the school by bus at around 8 am, car­ry­ing the kitchen knife in a plas­tic bag. After look­ing for op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­mit the crime, at around 11:30 am he stalked three boy stu­dents walk­ing out of the school be­fore stab­bing them and a mother walk­ing in front of them, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Two boys, sur­named Tan and Fei, died and the third, sur­named Jin, as well as Tan’s mother, were in­jured. All the boys were fourth­graders.

Huang was quickly sub­dued by se­cu­rity guards and passers-by, pros­e­cu­tors said at the hear­ing.

A foren­sic ap­praisal ar­ranged by the mu­nic­i­pal po­lice showed that Huang suf­fers from schizophre­nia and bears lim­ited crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity.

The pros­e­cut­ing agency said Huang’s be­hav­ior con­sti­tuted in­ten­tional killing, and de­spite lim­ited crim­i­nal re­spon­si­bil­ity can still re­ceive crim­i­nal penal­ties.

No de­tails were re­leased about his prob­lems with work.

“Huang’s mo­tive for killing was ex­tremely ma­li­cious as he tar­geted vul­ner­a­ble pri­mary school stu­dents,” the pros­e­cu­tor said. “He had been plan­ning the crime care­fully for a long time. He bought the kitchen knife pur­pose­fully and had been to the school and its vicin­ity mul­ti­ple times.

“He com­mit­ted the killing in an ex­tremely bru­tal man­ner and the con­se­quence of the crime is ex­tremely se­ri­ous. The so­cial im­pact of the case is ex­tremely bad and Huang should be se­verely pun­ished.”

The court will an­nounce a ver­dict later.

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