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Hacking attack 'not attempted murder'

A MAN found guilty of attempted murder after hacking his girlfriend in the head dozens of times was back in court yesterday, claiming that he should only have been charged with attempted injury.

Yang Chunfu, 46, from Jiangsu Province, told the Shanghai No.2 Intermediate People's Court that he knocked his girlfriend's head with the back of a knife blade several times and had not wanted to kill her.

Yang, defending himself, claimed that he had wanted to teach his girlfriend, surnamed Wen, a lesson as he suspected she was engaged in prostitution.

He was sentenced to seven years in prison for attempted murder in his first trial, but Yang claims that he should only have been charged with attempted injury.

In court, medical evidence produced by prosecutors indicated that Wen's wounds were made by the blade of a knife, not the back.

Wen, who was not in court, told prosecutors earlier that the real reason for the attack was that she wanted to break up with Yang, after learning that he was married, because she didn't want to ruin his family.

Wen, who is in her 30s, suffered six fractures to her skull in the attack and required more than 200 stitches.

"The whole head was in pieces, and people could feel the broken parts," a doctor who treated Wen at the time was quoted as saying.

Wen, who worked at a teahouse where the incident took place last November, requires at least 800,000 yuan (US$119,960) for rehabilitation, according to reports.

The court did not announce a verdict yesterday.


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