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Reprieve for man who killed pregnant girlfriend

A LOCAL man who killed his pregnant girlfriend because he doubted he was the father was given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve yesterday.
The Shanghai No. 1 Intermediate People's Court also ordered Wang Dong, 32, to pay more than 550,000 yuan (US$80,500) compensation to the victim's family.
Mao told the court he was also angered by frequent scoldings from his girlfriend, Chen Lina, and killed her impulsively.
Wang and Chen met in May last year and soon started living together. But to avoid paying a gambling debt, Wang fled to Zhuji in Zhejiang Province without telling Chen.
Early last November a friend phoned Wang to say that Chen was more than five months' pregnant. Wang returned to live with Chen again.
But the pair often quarreled and Chen sometimes told Wang he wasn't the father.
"She always looked down on me and scolded me for my unemployment," Wang said. "My resentment built up and finally erupted."
On November 9, after another argument, Wang tried to strangle Chen with an electrical cord in her sleep. She woke up and fought back but Wang proved too strong.
Wang stole a platinum ring and a jade bracelet and escaped in Chen's car. The stolen property was worth 56,118 yuan.
He was caught three days later. DNA tests confirmed Wang was the father of the unborn child.
Wang was tried for murder and larceny. The court was lenient because of his "good attitude" and "regret," judges said.


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