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Mentally ill man to serve three years for stabbing mother

(China Youth Daily)

15:56, November 02, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Beijing, Nov.1 (People's Daily Online) --According to a Shanghai court, a man charged with stabbing his mother at Pudong airport was given a lesser sentence of three years and six months due to the mitigating circumstance of mental illness.

The young man, surnamed Wang, stabbed his mother repeatedly and sent her into a deep coma at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport on March 31 upon returning from Tokyo, Japan, where he had studied for five years. Wang had asked his mother for money before returning home but was refused because of the family's financial difficulties.

After the Pudong New Area People's Court started the public trial of the case on Oct. 19, prosecutors noted that Wang committed an intentional assault and should be sentenced to between three years and 10 years in prison. Given Wang's mental troubles and cooperation in pleading guilty, the court could give him a lesser punishment.

Reporters interviewed Ma Chaojie, the lead judge of the case, immediately after the court sentenced Wang to three years and six months in prison.

Ma said that although a mental assessment of Wang showed that he had mental problems at the time he stabbed his mother, and Wang's counsel repeatedly emphasized that fact, the assessment should be viewed from a comprehensive and objective perspective.

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