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Mentally ill killer sent to hospital by court

A MAN who killed two women and injured 12 children and some of their parents near an elementary school on March 27 was diagnosed with schizophrenia and ordered to receive medical treatment by court, the Fengxian District People's Procuratorate said yesterday.

It was the city’s first case in which a criminal with a mental condition was told to undergo involuntary hospitalization after the new Criminal Procedural Law came into effect on January 1 this year.

The 38-year-old Zang Bijun, a migrant from neighboring Jiangsu Province, arrived in Shanghai to find a job and moved into his sister's apartment on March 26.

The next afternoon, armed with a kitchen knife, Zang stabbed his sister and the sister’s mother-in-law to death with a knife and then went down and attacked passers-by randomly near the Jinhui Elementary School in Fengxian District.

He was caught by nearby residents later and handed over to police.

Six of the injured were under the age of 18, including an 11-year-old girl, who suffered head injuries.


Prosecutors said Zang had been diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was in his hometown. In 2009, while working part-time, he would carry a knife with him and hide in several places as he suspected that someone was trying to kill him.

He often had hallucinations that someone was trying to harm him and would lock himself up in his room. He couldn’t sleep well unless he put a knife under the pillow.

Zang had been hospitalized for two month for his paranoid schizophrenia.

Although he felt better after being discharged from the hospital, he reduced the dose since June last year and suffered a relapse.

Zang’s sister called his wife for his abnormal behavior before the attack, but it proved to be too late.

Zang’s wife told prosecutors that the family hoped that he could be hospitalized involuntarily by court as they couldn’t afford the hospital fees and struggled with his problems.

The court ordered Zang to receive a long-term involuntary hospitalization at the Shanghai Ankang Hospital until he recovers.



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