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Post time 2011-5-20 15:00:04 |Display all floors
Court rejects death appeal of piano student

XI'AN - A Chinese court on Friday rejected a death sentence appeal filed by a music student who stabbed a cafe waitress to death to cover up a hit-and-run accident.

The Higher People's Court of northwest China's Shaanxi province announced its decision to uphold the death sentence of Yao Jiaxin after a brief adjournment of Friday morning's hearing.

Yao, 21, a student at the Xi'an Conservatory of Music, was convicted of murdering Zhang Miao last October in Xi'an, the capital city of Shaanxi, to prevent her from reporting an incident in which Yao hit her with his car.

Yao was sentenced to death by the Xi'an Intermediate People's Court on April 22. He appealed his sentence after the trial.

The case has aroused widespread public outcry over increasing incidents of reckless behavior by the country's wealthy younger generation.

"Yao stabbed the victim's chest, stomach and back several times until she died. The motive was extremely despicable, the measures extremely cruel and the consequences extremely serious," Friday's court judgement read. "Although Yao has no criminal record and surrendered himself to the police (four days after the incident), the court has still decided to deny him leniency."

During the trial, Yao's lawyer argued that Yao committed the killing "in the heat of passion" and pleaded for leniency, saying "depression was to blame, to some extent, for the killing."

Previous media reports said Yao was forced by his parents to practice piano, which resulted in him occasionally smashing the piano keys to vent his anger. Yao's lawyer claimed that he might have "mechanically" stabbed Zhang several times because of this habit.

This claim was rejected by the court at the first trial.

About a hundred people, including journalists, students and relatives of Yao and Zhang, attended Friday's court hearing.
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Post time 2011-5-20 15:41:14 |Display all floors
I think his parents hold major responsibility for this outcome. As they didn't bring up with basic rules and laws.
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Post time 2011-5-20 16:05:02 |Display all floors
"Although Yao has no criminal record and surrendered himself to the police (four days after the incident), the court has still decided to deny him leniency."

He'd have been in and out of jail here before he was 35.

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Post time 2011-5-20 16:28:55 |Display all floors
Originally posted by desperado123 at 2011-5-20 15:00
Court rejects death appeal of piano student

XI'AN - A Chinese court on Friday rejected a death sentence appeal filed by a music student who stabbed a cafe waitress to death to cover up a hit-and ...

I don't know whether he deserves death penalty. The sentence, for many people, is justified. But what's behind it? Are there anything else that should be responsible?

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Post time 2011-5-20 16:54:01 |Display all floors
I wonder whether he'll learn his lesson if we kill him.

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Post time 2011-5-20 17:12:18 |Display all floors
Originally posted by Everynowhere at 2011-5-20 16:54
I wonder whether he'll learn his lesson if we kill him.

In the heaven, maybe.

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Post time 2011-5-20 17:33:50 |Display all floors
Any death sentence is at least doubling the killing, adding injury to the crime.

It is a kind of revenge with archaic roots.

A modern and matured society should do better than that.

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