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Death sentence for lover

A 21-YEAR-OLD Chinese gay man has been sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve after being found guilty of killing his sex partner, a 68-year-old German man.

The man was sentenced on Thursday in the Intermediate People's Court in Zhongshan City, in southern China's Guangdong Province, a court spokesman said yesterday.

The Chinese man, a native from the southwestern Sichuan Province who worked at a Zhongshan hotel, had been involved in a sexual relationship with the German man in the latter's rented apartment in the city since January last year. Both men's names were not revealed.

The Chinese man broke up with the German, saying he was not fond of gay sex, the court heard.

He returned to live in the apartment on July 11 after the German promised not to try to have sex with him. But he was harassed by the German the next day despite his protests.

The young man struck the German with a hammer to the left temple, killing him, the court heard. Three days later he dismembered the body and scattered the parts in different places around the city.

He was detained by police in his company dormitory on July 23.

It was not clear whether the Chinese man would appeal.


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