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Death respite for man who poisons wife

A MAN who poisoned his wife in order to live with his mistress was yesterday sentenced to death with a reprieve of two years for murder.

Judges of the Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court said Liu Chiguo, a native of eastern China's Anhui Province, received the suspension because he confessed to the murder to police immediately upon arrest.

Liu worked as a security guard in a residential community in Pudong New Area and his wife, Wang Hua, worked in a barber's shop on Haitong Road as a cook and towel washer.

Wang lived in a dormitory provided by the barber's shop with colleagues, and last summer Liu had an affair with a cleaner surnamed Mao.

Liu fell in love with Mao and suggested they both get a divorce and become married.

Mao refused and returned to her hometown in central China's Henan Province at the end of last year, the court was told.

Liu called Mao several times in March, asking whether she would live with him if his wife died, according to Mao's testimony.

"On one hand, I wanted to stay together with my mistress," Liu told the court.

"On the other hand, my wife and I often quarreled when I asked for money because she managed all the family money."

For those two reasons he decided to kill his wife.

Liu bought a deadly rat poison in April and carried it around in his pocket waiting for the right time to kill Wang.

On the evening of April 11, Liu came to Wang's dormitory when her roommates were still working.

After Wang left to take towels to the barber's shop, Liu put poison into a glass, added water and fled.

Wang returned to the dorm and drank the poisoned water which proved fatal, the court heard.

Wang's body was found by a colleague who came back to the dormitory after work.

He asked police to allow him to have his wife's body cremated.

Liu immediately aroused police suspicion. A test of Wang's vomit showed she died of poisoning.

After Mao told police she received a call from Liu, who admitted to having killed his wife, police detained Liu.


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