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Ex-husband charged in violent death

A husband who could no longer stand his ex-wife's psychotic episodes and has admitted hammering her to death was charged with murder yesterday.

The suspect, surnamed Zheng, killed his ex-wife, surnamed Rao, who still lived with him, last July 13. Prosecutors said Zheng hit Rao in the head with a hammer.

Zheng said he did not send Rao to a hospital because he had no money, as the family was reduced to poverty after Rao was diagnosed with mania and depression in 2004.

The husband recalled that Rao asked for 200 yuan (US$31.60) to buy incense that morning and he rejected her request, which made Rao start shouting.

"I was very sad at that time. I am a man who needs to be respected and I planned to beat her," Zheng told prosecutors.

The husband then asked their two sons to leave home and hit Rao with a hammer.

"I saw her bleeding. When I thought about how much it would cost if I sent her to a hospital, I decided to kill her," Zheng said.

Prosecutors said Zheng decided to take care of Rao out of sympathy after learning his ex-wife suffered severe mental diseases after the couple got divorced in 2004.


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