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Son denies murdering ‘father’s 1st victim’

A MAN denied in court yesterday helping his father murder a colleague before the older man allegedly embarked on a solo killing spree.

He Hefeng appeared at Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court over the murder of Zhang Yunfeng last June.

He is accused of beating Zhang to death with an iron pipe after his father, Fan Jieming, lured his co-worker to a warehouse in Baoshan District.

Fan stood trial on January for the murder of Zhang and five other men that night. A verdict has yet to be announced.

Yesterday, prosecutors said He should be jailed for at least 10 years for Zhang’s killing, while his lawyers said he was guilty only of assault.

The court heard that He and Fan climbed a wall to get into the Shanghai Guangyu Chemical Co on the afternoon of June 22 last year.

Guangyu had halted operations the previous month and Fan is said to have wanted revenge on colleagues over a dispute about equipment.

Fan asked He to wait in a parts warehouse while he lured Zhang there.

In an earlier testimony, He said his father told him he would pour sulfuric acid over Zhang and his son should then beat him with an iron pipe, said prosecutors.

“Zhang covered his face with his hands after the acid was poured on him,” He told the court. “I picked up an iron pipe and struck him on his back. He fell flat on his face.”

He said he dropped the pipe after hitting Zhang and could not remember what happened next.

But prosecutors claim He struck Zhang again, resulting in his death.

Prosecutors produced earlier testimonies from He in which he admitted striking Zhang a second time.

He’s lawyer said he had a loving family, including a young son, and no previous criminal record.

He did not know Zhang, had no quarrel with him and Zhang did not resist when struck, added the lawyer.

Therefore, it could not be claimed that he had killed Zhang deliberately or unintentionally, he argued.

At his trial, Fan claimed he, not his son, beat Zhang to death.

No verdict was announced.


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