Jilted lover gets life for driving car into the wrong woman

08:46, December 01, 2010      

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A female teacher from Qingdao, Shandong Province, who hired five students to kill her rival in love has been sentenced to life in prison by the Guangdong Higher People's Court. The student mistakenly drove a car into a female cleaner rather than the intended victim, leaving her in a coma.

The sentence upheld a judgment made in May at the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court when the teacher, Zhang Xuejing and her student Hu Wenqiang, who drove the car, were sentenced to life imprisonment and deprived of their political rights for life.

Zhang's another student Shi Chunlong, who organized the incident, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and deprived of his political rights for five years. Hou Bin, who helped plan the attack and then pulled out but did nothing to stop it, was sentenced to 12 years and deprived of his political rights for four years and two other students who were involved were sentenced to nine and three years in jail respectively, according to Guangzhou Daily.

The defendants were ordered to pay the victim, Wang Surong, 1.36 million yuan ($204,000), 60,000 yuan more than the first sentence. Hou appealed the first judgment on the grounds that he was coerced before the incident. His appeal was rejected.

Zhang, 40, a teacher at a vocational school in Qingdao, was in love with a man surnamed Chen for two years. Chen then moved to Shenzhen and after five years, asked to break up with her. Zhang discovered that Chen had been living with a woman surnamed Li and had a baby, according to Peninsula Metropolis Daily.

Zhang contacted her former student Shi and paid him 30,000 yuan to kill Li. She promised everyone who took part would get an additional 100,000 yuan after Li was killed. On November 29, 2008, Shi and three associates drove a rented car to a hotel near Li's house in Shenzhen. Early on December 5, 2008, they drove the car into Wang and ran.

Wang remains in a vegetative state and her doctor said only a miracle could wake her, according to Guangzhou Daily.

By Ge Lili Source: Global Times

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