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Life for umbrella stabbing murderer

A MAN who repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend with a broken umbrella handle before finally suffocating her was given a life sentence yesterday.

Zhu Jiawang had lived with his victim, whose surname was Jing, for a year, when she said she wanted to break up. Unable to accept this, Zhu killed Jing out of anger, the Shanghai Railway Transport Intermediate People's Court heard.

Zhu, 23, an Anhui Province native, met Jing in May 2009 when he worked in a refrigerator factory in Liu'an, Anhui Province. They moved in together six months later.

Jing went to her uncle's home at Wuxi, Jiangsu Province in February 2010. Zhu arrived there on February 25, 2010 and registered to live in the railway hotel.

Jing, a college graduate, went to Zhu's hotel room and said she wanted to end the relationship. She said Zhu, who only completed primary school, lacked education and that her family rejected the relationship, the court heard.

In the dispute that followed, Zhu began strangling Jing and broke the handle of her umbrella to stab her abdomen. He continued to stab her neck and covered her face with a quilt.

Almost the complete length of the broken umbrella handle was stabbed into her neck.

An autopsy revealed that Jing died of suffocation.

Afterwards, Zhu escaped to his uncle's home in Jiangsu's Changzhou City but surrendered to police that night.

The court, governing the railway transport area in the neighboring Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Anhui provinces as well as the city, ruled Zhu committed murder since he deliberately killed the victim.

As Zhu's family compensated the victim's family and the murder was due to a love dispute, the court exempted him from the death penalty.


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