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Homicide sparked by lover's lane blackmail

A LOCAL man surnamed Zhang is accused of killing a man who recorded an intimate encounter of Zhang's at a lover's lane near Qingpu's Dianshan Lake and then tried to extort money.

"I wanted to take revenge," Zhang said, according to police. Zhang is on trial for murder in the September death in suburban Qingpu District.

A passer-by found the man, crushed by a car late at night on September 28 on a sight-seeing road near Qingpu's Dianshan Lake. Police also found knife cuts and other injuries on the man.

The case soon became a homicide. The victim was a 28-year-old from neighboring Zhejiang Province. He was doing business in Shanghai, police said, who did not disclose his name.

The dead man's car was found deserted miles away in Songjiang District. Officers were surprised when they found a high-powered telescope and sound recording equipment in the car.

"It's like a puzzle to us at the very first," said officer Zheng Xiaodong.

Police found a recording of intimacy between a man and a woman on the equipment.

From a surveillance camera in the area, police saw another car parked close to the murder victim's car.

The car's owner, a woman, confessed that her lover was the killer, police said.

After his date, Zhang got a call from the woman saying she was being blackmailed by the peeping Tom. Zhang set up a meeting and carried a knife and hammer. When the blackmailer appeared, Zhang knocked him down and ran over him, police said. The woman was cleared of charges, police said.


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