Chinese couple executed for killing man’s children in China | Photo: AsiaWire/Reproduction
A couple in China have been executed after being convicted of murdering the man’s two children from a previous marriage this past week. The man threw the children, a 1-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl, from the window of an apartment on the 15th floor of a residential building in Chongqing, southwest China. Their goal was to eliminate the “impediments” they had to starting a new life together.
Zhang Bo and his companion Ye Chengchen were sentenced to death and, according to China Daily, they are believed to have been executed by lethal injection last Wednesday (24/01), after their sentences were confirmed by the Chinese highest court.
Ye was convicted on charges of coercing Zhang into committing the crime, viewing the children as a “hindrance”, and of assisting in faking their deaths as an accident.
The two were originally sentenced to death in 2021, but the execution took place just this week after an extensive appeals process that led to a new trial. China’s Supreme People’s Court reviewed the case, concluding that both played major and equivalent roles in the crime.
The court characterized the motive as “despicable” and the means as “brutal”, imposing severe penalties under the country’s laws, according to local media reports. Although it is unclear how the execution was carried out, the most common method in China is lethal injection, as pointed out by the Daily Mail.
Before the events, Zhang began an extramarital relationship with Ye, without revealing his marital status or the existence of children. Later, after divorcing his ex-wife, Chen Meilin, in February 2020, Ye urged Zhang to eliminate the children, who she saw as obstacles to their future together. After the crime in November 2020, images of Zhang show his apparent despair at the acts committed.
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