Chinese garbage collector gets
death for killing 10
A garbage collector has been sentenced
to death at an east Chinese court for killing and cutting up 10 co-workers,
state media reported on Monday.
Chen Yongfeng, 20, was sentenced at Wenzhou city's
Intermediate People's Court for a rampage that lasted from February to
May this year, the Beijing Star Daily reported.
He would lure his victims from the trash collecting
site and kill them at his home, the paper said, without explaining how
the murders were carried out.
He would then chop the corpses into smaller,
disposable pieces and dump them at about four different locations
throughout the city.
After Chen was caught, police collected a total of
229 body parts from the various dumpsites, filling 29 bags, the paper
The motive seems to have been profit, as he stole a
total of 10,032 yuan from his victims, according to the report.
However, in a separate civil lawsuit, he was told to
pay about nine times as much in funeral expenses to the relatives of the
people he killed, it said.
The case comes amid a slew of murder cases that have
shaken the Chinese public's faith in the Communist Party's ability to
keep law and order.
Tue, 18 Nov 2003
A scavenger motivated by a desire to make money
butchered 10 other scrap merchants, dismembering their bodies and
tossing them in a river in the latest serial killing to shock China,
state media said on Tuesday.
Chen Yongfeng (20) was put on trial on Monday in
Wenzhou city, Zhejiang province, on charges of committing the murders in
a three-month period from February 28 to May 24, the Guangzhou Daily
Chen, nicknamed the "butcher" by Chinese media,
robbed his victims of 10 032 yuan (US$1200), the report said.
Chen, who made money from collecting and reselling
scrap goods, allegedly became motivated to kill after being angered that
another scrap collector managed to buy a recyclable item he lacked money
Realising fellow scavengers tend to carry all their
valuables with them to avoid theft, Chen decided it would be easier to
earn a living killing his colleagues and taking their money than relying
only on scavenging, it was reported.
He tricked his victims to his temporary home, where
he butchered them.
After successfully carrying out his first murder,
Chen was motivated to carry out another a week later when he ran low on
He dismembered nine victims' bodies, throwing them in
a river, the report said before being caught in the act on the 10th
During the trial, Chen denied he committed the
killings, but admitted to a majority of the evidence, the report said.
His lawyer tried to claim Chen suffered from mental
illness because the methods he used were "more horrible than horror
movies," but prosecutors argued he was sane and adept at dodging
Chen, a native of Zhejiang's Qingtian county, dropped
out of school after graduating from elementary school and spent time
doing a variety of odd jobs, including fluffing cotton for four years.
He went to Wenzhou city to scavenge this year.
State media in the past week has also reported the
arrests of a man in northern China's Hebei province for knifing to death
65 people since 2001 and another man in central China's Henan province
arrested for strangling to death 17 teenagers.