The Chinese man is sentenced to death for killing three neighbors who killed his mother 22 years ago

The Chinese man, 35, has been sentenced to death for killing three neighbors who killed his mother 22 years ago

  • Zhang Koukou, 35, was 13 years old when his mother was killed before his eyes
  • His neighbor, Wang Zhengjun, killed his mother with a stick during a fight
  • He then avenged her in February last year and killed Wang, his brother and father

Kelsey Cheng for mailonline

A man who killed three neighbors last year to avenge his mother's murder more than twenty years ago was sentenced to death in northwestern China.

Zhang Koukou, 35, was sentenced to death for stabbing his neighbors Wang Zixin, 70, and his sons, Wang Zhengjun, 40, and Wang Xiaojun, 46, in February in a village in Hanzhong, in Shaanxi Province, according to the Hanzhong Intermediate People & # 39; s Court on Tuesday.

The authorities said that Zhang committed the murders after he witnessed Wang Zhengjun who killed his mother with a wooden stick during an argument in 1996.

Zhang Koukou (pictured), 35, was sentenced to death for stabbing his neighbors Wang Zixin, 70, and his sons, Wang Zhengjun, 40, and Wang Xiaojun, 46, to death in a village in Shaanxi

Zhang Koukou (pictured), 35, was sentenced to death for stabbing his neighbors Wang Zixin, 70, and his sons, Wang Zhengjun, 40, and Wang Xiaojun, 46, to death in a village in Shaanxi

Zhang's mother, Wang Xiuping, had struck Wang on the face with a piece of metal during the fight, inducing Wang to deliver the fatal blow. Zhang was 13 years old.

Because Wang was a minor at the time of the incident, he was sentenced to seven years in prison and his family paid the Zhangs 9,639.3 yuan (£ 1,109) as compensation.

According to court documents, Zhang sought revenge on the Wangs while on their way home from digging on February 15.

He fatally killed Wang Zhengjun – the person responsible for the death of his mother – and his older brother Wang Xiaojun. He then went to their house and killed their father, Wang Zixin, in the garden.

Zhang sought revenge on the Wangs while on their way home from digging on February 15. The two families lived in a village (pictured) in the Nanzheng district, Hanzhong City

Zhang sought revenge on the Wangs while on their way home from digging on February 15. The two families lived in a village (pictured) in the Nanzheng district, Hanzhong City

Zhang sought revenge on the Wangs while on their way home from digging on February 15. The two families lived in a village (pictured) in the Nanzheng district, Hanzhong City

& # 39; If my mother had not been killed, my life would not be affected in this way, & # 39; Zhang said to the court

& # 39; If my mother had not been killed, my life would not be affected in this way, & # 39; Zhang said to the court

& # 39; If my mother had not been killed, my life would not be affected in this way, & # 39; Zhang said to the court

Zhang then struck Wang Xiaojun's car with petrol. He was detained on 17 February after reporting to the police.

"If my mother was not killed, my life would not be affected in this way," Zhang told Tuesday at the court. & # 39; This is the result of the actions of the Wangs – not because I was frustrated about society or my job. & # 39;

I give in to my crimes. I hope I get a second chance, "he said. My apologies for causing a negative impact on society and my apologies to the families of the victims. I hope I will be forgiven. & # 39;

Zhang said he would challenge the death penalty.

"The death of his mother caused a great deal of grief to our family, but it is still wrong for him to commit a murder. My son was wrong, but I hope he can live, "said Zhang's father, Zhang Furu

"The death of his mother caused a great deal of grief to our family, but it is still wrong for him to commit a murder. My son was wrong, but I hope he can live, "said Zhang's father, Zhang Furu

"The death of his mother caused a great deal of grief to our family, but it is still wrong for him to commit a murder. My son was wrong, but I hope he can live, "said Zhang's father, Zhang Furu

Many concerned citizens were collected in court Tuesday in support of Zhang.

"I was so worried about him that I did not sleep last night," said one woman. It's a shame, he took the wrong path. I agree that his actions are wrong, but he only did it for his mother. & # 39;

"The death of his mother caused a great deal of grief to our family, but it is still wrong for him to commit a murder. My son was wrong, but I hope he can live, "Zhang's father, Zhang Furu, told video news site Pear.

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