GUANGZHOU, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Higher People's
Court in south China's Guangdong Province upheld a suspended death
sentence on Wednesday for a mentally ill man who murdered five family
members and an employee with a hammer.
Huang Wenyi, 34, was tried in an intermediate court
in Foshan City, Guangdong in April, and given a death sentence with a
two-year stay on July 11.
The higher court upheld the verdict after reviewing
case files and judiciary appraisals of the convict.
Court records show that Huang murdered his wife, Cai
Qiuyi, his seven-year-old son, his mother-in-law, sister-in-law and a
woman who worked in the pharmacy he owned with his wife at around 2:00
a.m. on Dec. 28, 2006, in his home in Nanhai District, Foshan City,
after he quarreled with his wife.
One hour later, Huang lured another sister-in-law
into a garden at Foshan No. 1 People's Hospital, where he killed her
with the same hammer.
Judicial appraisals indicate Huang was mentally ill
at the time of the crimes. Under Chinese law, leniency can be considered
for mentally ill defendants.
Before the murders, Huang had feared he would be
implicated after his relatives had been arrested for economic crimes,
and he was also afraid that he would be murdered by his wife or others,
according to court files.
Huang was arrested four days after the murders, on
Jan. 1, at a hotel in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong.
The sentence will be further reviewed by the Supreme
People's Court (SPC), which got the right to review death sentences from
Jan. 1 this year.