22 Apr '11, 8am

Elite Chinese student gets death for "cruel" crime

BEIJING: A Chinese court sentenced a college student to death Friday for murdering a woman he had injured with his car, in a crime that has sparked widespread debate over China's rich "second generation". Yao Jianxin was given the death penalty in the northern city of Xian after confessing he killed Zhang Miao because he feared the "peasant woman would be hard to deal with" after the accident, the state Xinhua news agency said. According to media reports, Yao's car hit Zhang, a part-time cafeteria worker and the mother of a two-year-old son, while she was riding her bicycle late on the night of October 20. The 26-year-old woman only suffered minor injuries but instead of helping her, Yao, 21, stabbed her eight times with a knife as she eyed his car number plate. The Xian Conservatory of Music student fled the scene but was later caught. The crime has led to widespread soci...

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