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Court hears of vendor's murder

A MAN went on trial yesterday for the murder of a fellow street vendor in Pudong New Area on December 18.

Wu Sanbao, a 34-year-old Hubei Province native, is accused of stabbing the man over a business dispute, Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court heard yesterday.

The victim, Qin Shouchang, 33, had 17 cuts on his body, mostly on his back, chest and waist, the court heard.

Wu said Qin had come to his booth to check what Wu was selling, something he did frequently, and this had enraged Wu.

"Vendors were under 'regulations' that they did not observe each other's booths," Wu told the court yesterday.

Wu said his wife had quarreled with Qin in August, and Qin had beaten her, although she was pregnant at the time.

"After that, my wife said I was incapable," Wu said.

Wu is said to have lost control and stabbed Qin with a fruit knife. Qin tried to flee but Wu caught him and held him down, stabbing him several times, the court heard.

Wu said he couldn't remember the details of what he did. "I don't remember how many times I stabbed him," he said.

Wu fled the scene and went to Suzhou in neighboring Jiangsu Province but was seized by police at a bus station.

Qin's family is asking for compensation of more than 900,000 yuan (US$131,822).


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