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A mother's court anguish as son who stabbed her is jailed

A DISTRAUGHT mother cried out in anguish in court yesterday, as her only son was jailed for three and a half years for stabbing her repeatedly at Pudong International Airport.

Gu Guohua, from Jing'an District, could not hold back her emotions as the verdict was announced, ruling that her 23-year-old son, Wang Jiajing, was guilty of intentional injury.

Although she has not fully recovered from the knife wounds inflicted by her son, the slightly built Gu struggled out of the victim's designated seat in court.

Court officials stopped her as she tried to get close to her troubled son, who suffers mental health problems.

Gu, 52, yelled at the court: "He was just a patient! He was just a patient!"

"My son became a victim when our family's financial situation deteriorated," she added, begging the court to show him leniency.

Gu was held by two court officials and could do nothing but watch as her son was taken from the court to begin his sentence.

In contrast to his mother, Wang did not say a word during the hearing.

Gu said her son was innocent because a judicial examination showed he suffered from schizophrenia.

However, the court ruled that Wang had the ability to control his actions during the attack, but chose not to.

Ma Chaojie, the lead judge of the case, said although Wang had mental problems when he stabbed his mother, he showed no psychotic symptoms, such as delusions and auditory hallucinations.

He also said the incident occurred during a dispute over money issues, which meant Wang did not lack insight and knew what he was doing.

Gu said she would appeal to the higher court to try to get her son's sentence reduced.

It is reported that Gu earns 80,000 yuan (US$12,587) a year selling clothes, but her son's tuition and living expenses in Japan were at least three times that.

She had to borrow from friends and relatives, said Gu's brother-in-law in April.

The attack took place on March 31 after Wang had returned on a flight from Tokyo, where he was studying, and was picked up by his mother.

The pair argued in the terminal when Gu told Wang she could no longer afford to pay for him to live in Japan.

Wang produced two knives from his bag and stabbed his mother in the head, arms, stomach and back, causing serious injuries.


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