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Junk yard murderer executed

A MAN sentenced to death for killing eight people, including a two-year-old boy, was executed on Thursday in Suizhou in central China's Hubei Province after the judgement was approved by the Supreme People's Court, local media reported yesterday.

Junk collector Xiong Zhenlin was convicted of the January 4 killings in Luoyang Township. He was arrested in the provincial capital Wuhan a week later.

The victims included five of Xiong's employees; a 43-year-old woman Xiong hoped to marry, Zhu Deqing; Zhu's two-year-old grandson; and Xia Guangxiu, a local resident who went to Xiong's junk yard to sell waste materials.

In the first trial on Febuary 9, the court was told that Xiong, who divorced last September, decided to "take revenge on society" after he realized his ex-wife or Zhu would not marry him. Local police said Xiong was also in financial difficulties.

Before his execution, Xiong expressed remorse, saying he "was not a demon" and "was anguished deeply in heart," the Website of the Wuhan Evening News reported yesterday.


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