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Schizophrenic admits to fatal stabbing

AFTER a year of psychiatric treatment in a hospital, Yang Yang went into the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court yesterday to face trial for murder and admitted stabbing a McDonald's employee to death last year.

Yang, 42, was diagnosed with schizophrenia on July 16 last year, which delayed his trial for more than a year on the charge of killing 23-year-old Li Feng in a McDonald's in Xujiahui area on March 19, 2010.

Most seats in the court gallery were occupied by Li's family, a sharp contrast to the situation for Yang, who had neither friends nor relatives coming to see him.

Yang acted quite calmly throughout the trial and admitted stabbing Li to death with a knife after the pair had a quarreled. In the courtroom, Yang said he could not remember the incident clearly but regretted his wrongdoings. "It was like a dream. And I felt I was driven by a third hand to stab him," Yang said.

Prosecutors said Yang, a Beijing native, stabbed Li about 4:30am at the 24-hour McDonald's on Tianyaoqiao Road. Li tried to stop Yang from sleeping in the chairs as the store was going to begin its breakfast business at 5am, but Yang rejected him and continued sleeping.

Li was agitated and splashed a bucket of water on Yang.

This enraged the attacker, who suddenly took out a knife from his back pocket and slashed Li in the neck, chest and stomach, inflicting fatal wounds to the part-time employee.


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