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Man gets death penalty for murders

A MAN who killed his ex-wife and ex-mother-in-law and raped the dead body of the ex-wife was sentenced to death yesterday, after 19 years on the run.

Kang Shaowen, 48, from Xuzhou City in Jiangsu Province, told the Shanghai Railway Transport Intermediate People's Court that he killed the victims with a hunting rifle because they had refused his request to resume the marriage.

Kang held a wedding ceremony with one of the victims, surnamed He, in February 1989 but did not have legal registration. However, they were legally considered a married couple due to the fact that they had a son together.

The pair split up in the autumn of 1989 due to an irreconcilable breakdown in the relationship, and their son lived with Kang.

Kang asked He to resume the marriage several times afterwards, but was refused.

Kang took a borrowed hunting rifle to He's home near a railway station to ask her to resume the -relationship on the night of -February 19, 1991.

After being refused again, Kang shot He and her mother at close range, killing both instantly. Kang escaped from the scene after raping the body of his ex-wife.

Kang returned home to ask his mother to take care of his son and then fled to a coal mine in north Jiangsu Province where he sold the rifle for 400 yuan (US$60).

He continued his escape by traveling to Xiping County in Henan Province and lived there using a false identity.

He married a local woman and had a son. With the help of the woman, he obtained a legal p-ermanent residence registration and an ID card.

He was sentenced to one and a half years in prison in August 2008 by a Hebei Province court for assault, but his previous crimes went undiscovered.

Police, acting on a tip off, caught Kang on the afternoon of February 20 this year at Xiping County Film Co, where he was working. Kang later confessed to the murder.

The intermediate court, which governs the railway courts in the neighboring Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, heard the case. Railway courts have jurisdiction over crimes that take place on or near railway property.

Judges said that Kang deserved the death sentence since he had killed the completely innocent victims in a callous manner and committed a crime again during his time on the run.


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