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Chinese tour guide given 15 years in jail for stabbing 20 people
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10:10, December 26, 2007

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A tour guide who stabbed 20 people in the tourist town of Lijiang in south China's Yunnan Province, in an incident that took place earlier this year, was sentenced to15 years in prison by a local court on Tuesday.

The Lijiang Municipal Intermediate People's Court said it had decided to show leniency to Xu Minchao, 25, since his capacity was limited due to a transient psychosis at the time of stabbing.

Xu had little sleep the night before the stabbing occurred and had been looking after a sick member of his tour group. He experienced insomnia at night and showed signs of transient psychosis during the day, according to a report by the Judicial Expertise Center with the Forensic Medicine Association of China.

Xu has not decided whether to appeal.

Xu, a native of the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, was escorting a 40-member tour group from northeastern Jilin Province to the ancient city of Lijiang on the afternoon of Apr. 1, when he got into an argument with a local guide surnamed Peng, the court heard.

After the dispute, Xu was alleged to have suddenly lost control and pulled a knife on a saleswoman at a roadside souvenir shop. He then stabbed 16 tourists and four locals.

Xu was arrested at around 4:30 p.m. the same day.

Source: Xinhua

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