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Ex-medical student gets death for fatal poisoning of roommate

A FORMER Fudan University student was sentenced to death for the fatal poisoning of his roommate, the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court ruled this morning.

The convict Lin Senhao, 28, a medical postgraduate, appeared in the courtroom in an army green coat and accompanied by two bailiffs.

The court said Lin held a grudge against Huang Yang, who was also a medical postgraduate at Fudan, over trivial matters.

Lin kept his head down and his face revealed no emotion as he listened to the judge, who reviewed the case and listed the evidence before announcing the verdict.

"There has not been a single moment when I thought I would forgive the poisoner," Huang's father told Shanghai Daily before today's hearing.

Lin’s father said they would appeal.

Lin was charged with intentional homicide for killing roommate Huang Yang.

Prosecutors said Huang died as a result of drinking water from a dispenser into which Lin had added about 50 milliliters of N-Nitrosodimethylamine.

Lin stole the highly toxic chemical from a lab at Zhongshan Hospital, while working there as an intern.

Though he claimed he planned only to play an April Fool’s Day prank, Huang fell sick after drinking the water on the morning of April 1 and died 15 days later in Zhongshan Hospital.

Lin was detained on April 12 after his fellow students reported him to police. He was tried for intentional homicide last November.

During the trial, prosecutors insisted Lin had killed Huang intentionally, as he had failed to speak out as his roommate lay dying.

Lin admitted adding the chemical to the water but denied trying to kill Huang. He said he just wanted to make his roommate sick.

Two days after the trial, Lin’s father sent two messages to Huang’s father, begging him to forgive his son. But Huang’s father has consistently called for the death penalty, saying he wants a life for a life.


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