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Man sentenced to death for kindergarten knifing

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Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-15

A court in east China found Xu Yuyuan guilty of intentional homicide, sentencing him to death after rampaging a kindergarten in late April, stabbing 29 children and three teachers. There have been five such attacks in China in recent months.

AFP - A court in eastern China Saturday sentenced a man to death for knifing 29 children and three teachers at a kindergarten at the end of April, state media reported.

The Taixing Intermediate Court found Xu Yuyuan guilty of intentional homicide after a half-day open trial, Xinhua reported.

Xu told the court his motive was to vent his rage against society. It was not clear whether Xu would appeal.

Twenty-nine children and three adults were injured when Xu attacked them with a knife, at Zhongxin Kindergarten in Taixing city on April 29.

A string of school attacks has shocked China in recent weeks. Police have been ordered to beef up security at school compounds and nearby residential communities.

Xu Yuyuan was charged with murder according to an earlier Xinhua report -- but the state agency did not mention any deaths, only that 29 children and three adults were injured.

There had been Internet reports claiming a number of the children died.

Xinhua later said that the court decided that even though he did not succeed in killing, "his criminal motivation were extremely despicable, his means extremely cruel, his plot especially evil."

No-one from the court could be contacted by AFP on Saturday.

There have been five attacks on schools in China in less than two months, with 17 people -- including 15 children -- killed and more than 80 injured, according to previous Xinhua reports.

Two of the attackers committed suicide. A third, a former doctor who killed eight children on March 23, has been tried and executed.

Premier Wen Jiabao has said long-standing social concerns were partially to blame for the string of attacks on schoolchildren.

"We need to resolve the deep-seated causes that have resulted in these problems," Wen said in an interview on Thursday with Hong Kong-based Phoenix Television, carried on its website.

"This includes handling social contradictions, resolving disputes and strengthening mediation at the grassroots level."

 

Date created : 2010-05-15

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