‘Mentally ill’ father, 37, is executed in China for murdering his daughter’s nine-year-old classmate
A Chinese father recovering from schizophrenia was executed today for murdering a classmate of his daughter in a school toilet after a dispute between the two children.
Lin Jianxia, 37, stabbed the nine-year-old boy to death in a revenge attack in 2018 after the student allegedly punched Lin’s daughter during an argument.
Although Mr. Lin’s lawyer defended the man’s actions on account of his mental illness, a local high court ruled that his schizophrenia had been forgiven at the time of the crime.
Lin Jianxia was executed today by the Wenzhou Intermediate People’s Court in East China. In the photo, released by the court, Mr. Lin (center) is on trial in March last year
The father murdered a nine-year-old boy (photo) after the child reportedly hurt his daughter
The judge ruled that Mr. Lin was able to assume full criminal responsibility and found him guilty of intentional murder.
Officers of the Wenzhou Intermediate People’s Court have sentenced the death penalty to Mr. Lin this afternoon after receiving an execution warrant from the country’s Supreme People’s Court, a court said. statement.
The Supreme Court considered the nature of Li’s crime to be “bad”, his method “cruel,” and the consequences of the case “serious.”
It said that although the defendant had reported to the police, the act could not justify a lighter sentence.
It also dismissed Li’s attorney’s claim that the man was mentally ill while committing the murder and called the claim “untrue.”
The authority gave instructions on the execution of Mr. Lin after the man went through two trials, both of which issued a death sentence.
Local court said the man met his immediate family before being put to death.
The crime took place in September 2018 in a toilet of an elementary school in Rui’an (photo)
The case marked one of the few cases in China in which a person with a mental illness was held responsible for his crime, convicted, punished and executed.
The murder took place on the afternoon of September 21, 2018 at a primary school in Rui’an in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province.
In an online statement Last March, the court said that Mr. Lin’s daughter and the victim, Ye, had been involved in a minor argument two days earlier.
Mr. Lin had demanded that she apologize publicly to her daughter, but she had refused, and this led the father to commit the crime, the court said.
The father had a knife with him and went to his daughter’s school and took Ye to the toilet before ‘cruelly killing him,’ the statement said.
According to a 2018 police report, Ye beat Lin’s daughter during the argument and injured her in the eye.
The local court has executed Mr Li today after receiving an injunction to execute the highest people’s court in the country. The handout magazine shows Mr. Lin (in brown) a trial in March last year
Police described the injury as “minor” and said the girl did not need to seek medical attention.
The victim sustained multiple knife wounds on his back and neck and was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead three hours later, according to Rui’an police.
Then, Mr. Lin himself called the police at the crime scene and waited for the police to arrive to arrest him, police said.
The Wenzhou Intermediate People’s Court alleged that Li’s schizophrenia was in a state of “remission” while killing Ye.
Schizophrenia remission is defined as a minimal degree of symptoms as measured by the positive and negative symptom scale, according to Dr. Henry Nasrallah, director of the schizophrenia research program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in the United States.
The Positive and Negative Symptoms Scale is a medical system used to measure the severity of symptoms in patients with schizophrenia.
Mr. Lin’s lawyer claimed the man was mentally ill, but the Supreme Court in China ruled that the man’s schizophrenia had been forgiven at the time of the crime (file photo)
Dr Nasrallah also said in a statement article that if schizophrenia patients maintain their state of remission for a year or two, “they may be on their way to recovery.”
According to Mayo Clinic, an American nonprofit dedicated to clinical practice, education, and research, schizophrenia requires lifelong treatment, even if symptoms have resolved.
The court did not explain how long Mr. Lin’s remission was for the crime.
Mr. Lin appealed the court’s ruling after he was sentenced to death on March 1 last year.
In a second and final trial last December, the Supreme People’s Court of Zhejiang agreed to the previous ruling.
According to Chinese criminal law, people with mental illness can only use the innocent plea if they ‘cannot recognize or control themselves’ during the crime (file photo)
The legal treatment of people with mental illness has always been a controversial topic in China.
The authorities usually show leniency towards the perpetrators and save them from prison if they are considered mentally ill. Instead, the perpetrators would be taken to a mental hospital to receive forced treatment.
One of the most notable cases happened in Shandong in 2012 when a university teacher hit a mother and her four-year-old girl while driving. She then stripped naked and was in the middle of the road to block the ambulance sent to rescue the victims. The girl died of delayed medical care.
During the police investigation, the teacher appeared to have ‘an acute and transient mental illness’ and was spared from any criminal responsibility.
According to Chinese criminal law, people with mental illness can only use the innocent plea if they “cannot recognize or control themselves” during the crime. Those with the partial ability to recognize and judge while committing the crime are still subject to legal punishment.