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Suicidal lover gets fatal 'help'

A man who suggested a suicide pact with his girlfriend and then strangled her to death to spare her from pain was arrested for murder yesterday.

Yi Xiaochu, 30, of Jiangsu Province, was saved after cutting his own wrist but his girlfriend, whose name was not disclosed by prosecutors, died with his "help."

Minhang District prosecutors said Yi should bear criminal responsibility because he deprived the victim of her life, though she agreed to die with him and tried to commit suicide.

Yi, who ran a clothes store in the city, met his girlfriend, a Shandong Province native, online in May 2008. He asked to marry her but she refused because he had no apartment.

On October 20, the victim and her mother came to Yi's store, asking to break off the relationship and for 50,000 yuan (US$7,320) in compensation. Yi agreed.

Yi then said he needed more time to gather the money.

During a fierce quarrel the next day, Yi took out a blade and threatened to commit suicide. The woman said she would die if Yi died.

Hearing that, Yi suggested that they die together and she didn't refuse, prosecutors said.

They each cut their wrists, lay on the bed and waited to die, prosecutors said.

After a while, the victim said her cut ached badly. Yi told prosecutors he wanted to help her die quickly and strangled her. Yi said he cut himself again and went unconscious.

Yi was woken up by his family members. Seeing that his girlfriend had died but he was still alive, he tried to jump out of the window but was stopped, prosecutors said.


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