18 September 2008: Chinese national Wang
Zhijian murdered his lover Zhang Meng, 41, Zhang's daughter Feng
Jianyu, 17, and Zhang's flatmate Yang Jie, 36, in Zhang's house.
He also attempted to murder Yang's daughter, Li Meilin, 15.
At the end of the trial in November 2012, he
was sentenced to death for only Yang's murder while successfully
raising the defence of diminished responsibility for the murder of
the other two.
In November 2014, during the cross-appeal
between Wang and the prosecution, Wang's appeal against the death
sentence was rejected while the prosecution's appeal was allowed,
which made Wang guilty of all three murders.
Man murders lover, her daughter and flatmate
after quarrel over money for crab
The Straits Times
May 18, 2016
A tumultuous love affair ends with a Chinese
national viciously killing his lover, her daughter and their
Being humiliated by his lover for not giving
her money to buy crabs for dinner was the last straw for Wang
That night, he got up from bed naked, took a
knife and stabbed Ms Zhang Meng, 41, over and over again.
He turned the knife onto her 17-year-old
daughter Feng Jianyu, killing her too.
Then he went after another mother-daughter pair
who were staying in the rental apartment. Ms Li Meilin, who was 15
at the time, survived the repeated slashings.
Her mother Yang Jie, 36, fell to her death from
the sixth-floor kitchen window of the flat in Block 349, Yishun
She had escaped onto the narrow ledge outside
but Wang, who was 42 at the time of the killings, cut her hands
which were holding onto the bamboo pole holders.
As if the shocking details were not enough, the
perpetual grin Wang had for the cameras during his trial added
another layer of menace.
Tattoos on Wang’s body gave an inkling of his
tumultuous love-hate relationship with Ms Zhang.
In May 2007, her face and half-body were put on
his back, with a rose at the bottom. This, he said, was to express
his “sincere” love for her.
Eight months later, he put a snake on his left
shoulder to symbolise her viciousness, and a skeleton and heart on
the right one. He said: “The skeleton resembled the ‘dead god’ (Ms
Zhang) slowly and gradually swallowing my heart.”
They first met in 1996 at a brokerage firm,
where Wang went to trade in stocks. The introduction was done by
There was hardly any contact between them, even
though they lived in Tianjin, where Wang worked as a supervisor at
a port. In 2004, he divorced his wife, saying they were just
The next year, to his surprise, Ms Zhang called
him and asked to meet at a coffee house, where Wang poured his
heart out about his ex-wife.
From then on they met once a week. This went up
to twice a week. In early 2006, she asked him if he loved her and
he said yes. They had sex for the first time on March 17 — a date
which Wang clearly recalled.
In June, she revealed she was married.
He said he wanted to break up with her, and
then again when he suspected her of having other lovers. “She told
me that since the first glance at me, she had fallen in love with
me. She wanted to be with me for the rest of her life,” Wang told
He described how she used a needle to prick her
finger and wrote “I love Wang Zhi” in her blood. Not being able to
stand the pain, she asked Wang to continue using his blood and he
did, writing “...jian, I want to marry him”. When she asked him to
express his love for her, he put “I love her until I die” in blood
In November 2006, her husband Feng Jinqiang
called Wang to a meeting and asked his wife to choose between
them. She picked Wang.
Soon, Ms Zhang’s family started to harass Wang,
who claimed he was beaten and threatened with death. He said they
also looked for him at his workplace, so he took early retirement
and got 400,000 yuan.
He said that in three months, he spent a
quarter of the money on branded clothes and expensive meals for Ms
Zhang, who divorced her husband in 2007.
But when her ex-husband suffered a stroke, she
decided to stay and take care of him. The affair ended, but only
for four months, after which Ms Zhang and her daughter moved in
Jianyu then got a place in Northview Secondary
School in Singapore and moved here with her mother in December
A few months later, the couple broke up again.
Then Ms Zhang returned during the March school holidays, tracked
down Wang and they reunited.
Two months later, she asked him to follow her
to Singapore. He told her he did not have the money to support her
lavish lifestyle. She promised she would take care of him.
He believed her.
He visited Ms Zhang three times in 2008 on
social visit passes and, according to him, was subjected to
bizarre and humiliating treatment.
Wang claimed that he spent his money on food for her and her
daughter, cooked for them while he ate their scraps, and
hand-washed their clothes, including undergarments.
He said he was forced to stay in the bedroom naked because Ms
Zhang did not allow him to leave the room when her daughter and
sub-tenants were around. Since there was no toilet there, he had
to defecate and urinate into plastic bags and newspapers.
He claimed he did not resist her because he was afraid she would
come up with even harsher rules. “She might even bite me,” he
For his first trip to Singapore in July, Wang said the 2,800 yuan
he brought with him was spent within four days, mostly on food for
Ms Zhang. This included $140 for a crab meal at a nearby seafood
After he returned to Tianjin, she called him to say her friends
said he could get a job at a logistics company and urged him to
return as soon as possible.
His second trip was on Aug 3.
She introduced him to agents who quoted various charges to help
him get a job, but she refused his request to pay for him first,
saying she did not have enough money. They quarrelled more than
once before he left on Sept 2.
Ms Zhang then called him to say that Jianyu would be transferred
to Raffles Girls’ School and asked him to come to help her arrange
He withdrew 7,000 yuan — nearly all that was left of his life’s
savings — and arrived on Sept 9. Within five days, he had spent
2,000 yuan, including $120 for two crabs, which he cooked for
mother and daughter. Two pieces were left for him. “But Jianyu
told her mother she wanted them for her breakfast. I was left with
no crab,” Wang told the police.
On Sept 18, at about 8pm, Ms Zhang came into his room and told him
she and Jianyu wanted to have crab again.
“I told her they just ate crab a week ago and reminded her that
every time we spend more than $100 on crab,” he said.
An argument broke out, lasting nearly an hour.
"Zhang humiliated and used vulgarities on me. She scolded me poor
fellow... I told her I have spent all my savings on her. What does
she expect from me? She even said that I was produced by dogs and
donkey... On hearing all these, I became very angry.”
Night of horror
After the argument, Ms Zhang went to sleep at about 9pm, wearing
only her panties.
Wang, who was naked, laid down on the mattress in the same room
but could not fall asleep. He claimed to be in a daze.
“I felt that I couldn’t breathe. My whole body was trembling... My
mind was a blank. The blood was gushing to my head, I did not see
anything before my eyes, everything was red. I was unable to
control my thoughts.”
He thought about how “wicked” she was and how she was spending his
money “although she has not been faithful to me”.
After about an hour, he went into the kitchen and remained there
for some time. Instead of cooling down, he grabbed a knife. He
returned to the bedroom and closed the door. The lights were still
“I grasped the knife with my right hand and thrust it 45 degree
downwards at Zhang’s abdomen region. At that moment, she screamed
and struggled a little as if she wanted to sit up. I thrust her
many times with the knife continuously and I could not remember
the exact number of times.
"It happened very fast and vaguely I remember she continued to
struggle and move her body. I thrust her abdomen region with the
knife until she became motionless. My knife went in and out of her
The door to the bedroom opened. It was Jianyu.
“I was near to the doorway and I stepped forward towards that
person. I lost my mind and I could not control my emotion. I went
forward to stab that person’s abdomen region,” Wang told police.
“I gave that person a few thrusts at the abdomen region with the
same knife. That person did not struggle. She staggered forward
when I gave her the subsequent stabs. She collapsed on the same
mattress, beside Zhang.”
The mother and daughter suffered a total of 98 stab and slash
Wang claimed that the door to the other bedroom then opened, and
he saw two people standing there.
He rushed in to kill them.
But the court found that this was not how it happened, especially
since no traces of blood from the other tenants were found on the
knife used to kill Madam Zhang.
Instead, he had first gone back to the kitchen to get another
weapon, this time settling on a chopper.
That was when he entered the other bedroom to silence Madam Yang
and her daughter.
On Nov 22, 2011, Ms Li, who like Jianyu had been in Singapore to
study, took the stand against the man who killed her mother and
gave a harrowing account of what happened that night.
Already 18 then, she testified that both she and her mother were
sleeping when she was awakened by the sound of heavy breathing
outside her bedroom — as if someone was suffocating.
She then heard Jianyu shouting auntie and uncle in Mandarin, then
cutlery falling. She and her mother, who was awake by this time,
debated on whether to call the police.
Then, the door swung open and Wang rushed in.
Ms Li screamed, and he started slashing her while her mother
rushed out. She put her hands up as she squatted with her back to
the wall, but Wang continued using the chopper on her.
Then he left to go after Madam Yang. From outside, he warned Ms Li
not to move.
Bleeding heavily, she went to the bedroom door to shut it but Wang
burst in again. He pushed her onto the bed and continued to stab
and slash her. She kicked him in the thigh and he fell, giving her
the chance to run out of the room and into the kitchen toilet.
She closed the foldable plastic door but Wang hacked at it until
it collapsed, she said, before slashing her head, face and neck
until she fell to the toilet floor.
When he left her, her only thought was: “God, let me die.”
He returned and stabbed her in the lower back, right ear and back
of the neck.
When she regained some consciousness, she could hear Wang speaking
to police, who eventually rescued her. What she did not realise at
the time was that her mother’s body was on the ground floor.
Madam Yang had died from acute haemorrhage due to multiple
injuries after landing on her head and left hip. She also had two
wounds on her right and left fingers which were not consistent
with a fall.
It was the prosecution’s case that Madam Yang had climbed out of
the kitchen window to stand on the narrow concrete overhang,
holding on to the laundry pole holders right below the window
Worried that she might escape, Wang used the chopper to cut Yang’s
fingers, causing her to lose her grip.
Forensic experts did not find Madam Yang’s blood within the flat.
Instead, it was found on the exterior wall of the kitchen beside
the bamboo pole holders, which proved the prosecution’s case.
Wang stuck to the story that he could not remember how he attacked
his four victims, claiming his mind had gone blank from rage. He
said he did not know how he had a knife in his hand and why he
attacked Ms Zhang and the others.
He said it was only when he was taking a shower after the attack
that he realised something had happened.
The prosecution however pointed out that not only did he remember
to shower to wash the blood, he also then wore his clothes, put
plasters on his injured finger, packed his bag, took his travel
documents, and wore his socks and shoes.
He was clearly thinking well enough to realise he had to flee.
Wang disagreed, saying if he had wanted to escape, he would have
packed all his things and used a better bag. He also claimed he
did not remember putting on socks and shoes after his shower.
“I do not remember” became a mantra for him through the trial.
Interestingly, psychiatric experts for the prosecution and defence
agreed that Wang was suffering from an “adjustment disorder”.
However, they disagreed on whether it was enough to impair him so
much to reduce his responsibility for the attack.
Justice Chan Seng Onn decided that the anger at the way he had
been treated had built up in Wang only to explode in a frenzy
after that final argument. He was still in that state when Jianyu
came into the room.
But after that came a longer series of events – including taking
the time to search for a new weapon and having the awareness to
warn Ms Li not to run while he searched for her mother – in which
Wang could have regained his senses.
And “having killed the very person he was angry with and who had
caused him much stress and misery, there ought to have been a
considerable degree of release of his bottled up anger and
emotions”, the judge said.
He found Wang guilty of culpable homicide in the deaths of his
lover and her daughter, but of murder when it came to Madam Yang.
Wang was sentenced to death.
In November 2014, Wang, by then 48, failed in his bid to escape
the gallows. But it went beyond just losing his appeal against his
conviction of murdering Madam Yang. The three-judge court allowed
the prosecution’s appeal and found Wang guilty of murder in the
cases of Ms Zhang and Jianyu as well.
The judges were not convinced that Wang lost control because of
his mental condition.
Instead, he had killed Ms Zhang out of extreme anger to “finish
her off so that she would never feature in his life again”. As for
Jianyu, he wanted to eliminate her because she was a witness.
Wang showed no emotion when the verdict was read. This time, there
was no smile.
Chinese national who killed three women in 2008
will still have to hang after losing appeal
Selina Lum - The Straits Times
November 28, 2014
SINGAPORE - A Chinese national who killed three women, including
his lover and her daughter, in a Yishun flat in 2008
will still have to hang, after the Court of Appeal dismissed his
appeal on Friday.
Although the fate of Wang Zhijian, 48, has not changed since he
was condemned to hang two years ago, the difference is
that he now stands guilty of murder for all three deaths.
The High Court in 2012 had convicted Wang of murder only for the
death of Madam Yang Jie, 36, who was the flatmate of his
For the deaths of his lover Zhang Meng, 41, and her daughter Feng
Jianyu, 17, he was found guilty of culpable homicide,
after the High Court accepted his defence that he stabbed them
because an abnormality of the mind caused him to lose
Wang appealed against his conviction for Madam Yang's murder,
while the prosecution appealed for Wang to be found guilty
of murder for the other two deaths as well.
On Friday, the three-judge appeal court dismissed Wang's appeal
and allowed the prosecution's appeal.
Justice Chao Hick Tin, delivering the court's decision, disagreed
that Wang suffered from an abnormality of the mind. The
appeal court found that he killed Madam Zhang in "extreme anger"
and Jianyu because she was a witness.
On the other hand, the appeal court agreed that there was no doubt
that Wang caused the flatmate, Madam Yang, to fall six
floors to her death with intention to kill.
Yishun triple murderer 'tried to silence the witnesses': Judge
By Amanda Phua - The New Paper
Saturday, December 1, 2012
SINGAPORE - There were to be no witnesses to the brutal rampage in
2008 that left his lover and her daughter dead.
And to ensure this, Chinese national Wang Zhijian, 46, attacked
his lover's two flatmates. Miss Li Meilin, then 15,
survived. But her mother, Madam Yang Jie, 36, did not.
For Madam Yang's murder, Wang was sentenced to hang yesterday.
For killing his lover, Madam Zhang Meng, 41, and her daughter Feng
Jianyu, 17, at Block 349, Yishun Avenue 11, in
September 2008, he was found guilty of culpable homicide not
amounting to murder because the judge accepted that he was
Justice Chan Seng Onn, referring to the attempt to silence the
witnesses, said yesterday: "The subsequent attacks... were
done in cold blood in order to silence them and not in the heat of
a frenzied attack."
Details of how he tried to silence the witnesses emerged during
the 10-day trial.
After killing his lover and her daughter on Sept 18, Wang wandered
around the flat, changed the bloodied knife for a
fresh one and then callously knocked off the witnesses one by one.
He entered the bedroom first and attacked Miss Li viciously,
prompting Justice Chan to say it "was completely fortuitous"
that she survived.
After slashing Miss Li on the cheek, he went after Madam Yang who
had run out of the bedroom. It is believed that she
climbed out of the window of the sixth-storey flat and was
standing precariously on the ledge outside, clinging to the
bamboo pole holders for balance.
Based on the evidence collected, Justice Chan concluded that Wang
intentionally caused Madam Yang's death by cutting her
fingers while "she was standing on the narrow concrete overhang,
to force her to release her grip on the bamboo pole
holders, so that (Madam) Yang would fall down six storeys to her
Wang then returned to attack Miss Li.
He told her to "close her eyes and not to scream".
She did not fully trust him, so she peeped and saw him attempting
to stab her.
She kicked him and ran to hide in the kitchen toilet.
He went after her and attacked her savagely. She collapsed and
heard him say words to the effect of "I do not chop you
any more" as he left.
Miss Li whispered: "God, let me go."
Wang heard it and returned a fourth time to attack her again.
Arrival of police
When the police arrived, Wang told them the three occupants in the
flat did not have any signs of life.
Justice Chan said: "From this fact, I deduce that Wang believed
(albeit wrongly) that he had succeeded in killing
He also said that Wang performed a series of tasks before
attacking the co-tenants, like looking for another weapon and
walking around the flat, giving him sufficient time to cool down.
He said: "Clearly, Wang was no longer in a frenzied state by then,
nor was he acting in an irrational manner or behaving
in an uncontrolled fashion anymore.
"He knew and understood what he was doing when he cut (Madam)
"He was able to exercise his rational judgment and his intention
to have (Madam) Yang killed to silence her as a
potential informant and witness was clear."
As for the killing of Madam Zhang and Jianyu, Justice Chan said
the defence of diminished responsibility applied.
Wang had told the court that on the night of the killings, Madam
Zhang had insulted his parents and cruelly belittled and
baited him. He was so angry that his mind went blank. He picked up
a knife and stabbed her repeatedly in her sleep.
As he was attacking her, Jianyu entered the room and he lunged at
Said Justice Chan: "I find that, coupled with his adjustment
disorder, which might have reduced his capacity to control
himself and which developed as a result of the multiple
stressors... Wang became so angry with (Madam) Zhang on that
evening that he went into a frenzy that was beyond his control..."
Thus, the charges of murdering them was reduced to culpable
homicide not amounting to murder. Justice Chan reserved his
judgment on the sentencing for these charges, pending Wang's
appeal against the death sentence.
'Just sentence me to death', says Chinese triple murderer Wang
April 30, 2012
After another day of intense grilling, Chinese national Wang
Zhijian had had enough.
Faced with the horrific facts of his lover's death, Wang, 45, said
he did not want to be questioned any more and pleaded
in tears with the judge to sentence him to death.
Yesterday was the fifth day since his murder trial resumed on
He is accused of intentionally killing his lover, Madam Zhang Meng,
41, her 17-year-old daughter Feng Jianyu, and causing
the death of their co-tenant, Madam Yang Jie, 36, in 2008.
One charge of attempting to murder Madam Yang's daughter, Miss Li
Meilin, who was 15 at the time, has been stood down.
Miss Li, now 19, is the sole survivor of the attack.
Deputy Senior State Counsel Mohamed Faizal Md Abdul Kadir put it
to Wang that not only was he aware that he was stabbing
Madam Zhang and Jianyu, but that he had also planned to flee,
among other things.
Speaking through an interpreter, Wang replied firmly to most
statements: "I disagree."
When challenged with information from Miss Li's statement, Wang
stressed that he didn't want to contradict her as he felt
that he had "let her down".
After the prosecution finished the cross-examination, he told
Justice Chan Seng Onn that he was "starting to feel fear,
and felt tense".
Justice Chan asked if he could bear with it for an hour, and Wang
replied: "Whenever I think of the past, I feel
But he complied and his assigned lawyers, Mr Kelvin Lim and Mr
Jason Dendroff, took over the questioning.
Barely five minutes later, he broke down.
His face and neck turned red and tears flowed. Audible sniffles
and deep breathing echoed as he struggled to reply.
When Mr Lim asked if he denied causing the deaths of Madam Zhang
and Jianyu, he asked for the question to be repeated
before answering: "I must have done all this."
Reminded of the 44 injuries he inflicted on Madam Zhang, Wang
said: "I am shocked, fearful and frightened. I can't
imagine that I did this to her."
He later said: "I love her, why would I do it?"
Justice Chan told Wang after Mr Lim ended: "It has been a
gruelling time for you. It has ended." Wang begged him not to
be questioned any more.
In tears, he pleaded: "You can sentence me to death. Just don't
ask me any more. It is too uncomfortable."
Dr Tommy Tan, consultant psychiatrist at Novena Medical Center,
examined Wang four times in October and November 2010.
Dr Tan and Dr Kenneth Koh, who is the prosecution's expert
witness, agreed that Wang suffered from a prolonged depressive
reaction, or adjustment disorder with depressed mood.
Dr Tan concluded that Wang "has an abnormality of mind, and he
qualified for the defence of (diminished responsibility)",
but in court documents submitted, Dr Koh disagreed.
Taking the stand late yesterday afternoon, Dr Tan said he believes
that Wang has been suffering from this condition since
2007, when he was still in China, and that it "escalated when he
was in Singapore".
Stress factors like the harassment and threats he faced from Madam
Zhang's family, the loss of his job and the
humiliating conditions he faced while living with Madam Zhang in
Singapore contributed to his condition.
A person suffering from this disorder may have violent outbursts.
To explain why Wang was able to give detailed and coherent
statements to the police but unable to do so in court, Dr Tan
said it could be that Wang unconsciously forgot this part of his
He speculated that the trauma of having killed his loved one could
have caused this memory loss.
Dr Tan also said that when stabbing Madam Zhang, Jianyu, and
attacking Madam Yang and Miss Li, Wang would have been aware
of his actions.
He added: "It could have been a temporal loss of self-control."
But Wang would have known what he was doing, explained Dr Tan.
He added: "A big proportion of such offenders cannot remember
(what they did).
"When they are doing it, they are aware. Post-event, they may
Answering Justice Chan's question on how soon this memory loss
occurs, Dr Tan said it could be quite soon or even
immediately. He was not able to give a specific answer as no study
had been conducted on this.
Asked to comment on the ferocity that Wang attacked Madam Zhang
and Jianyu with, Dr Tan said: "I can only say that it was
a frenzied attack. Awareness does not equal thinking. Maybe he was
not thinking. He cannot control his actions but knows
what he is doing."
Yishun murders: Mother and daughter knifed 98 times
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
More details have emerged from the 2008 Yishun killing frenzy case
in which three persons were killed and one grievously
It was revealed in court that Wang Zhijian stabbed and slashed two
of the victims, a mother and her daughter, a total of
98 times. 16 of these wounds were potentially fatal.
According to Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao, he had allegedly
quarrelled with his 42-year-old girlfriend Zhang Meng on
September 18, 2008.
An hour after the quarrel, he used thrusted the blade of a kitchen
knife 45 degrees downwards into Madam Zhang's abdomen
as she slept on a mattress on the floor.
The Straits Times reported that Wang told the court yesterday that
at the moment he thrust the knife in her, Madam Zhang
screamed and struggled a little as if she wanted to sit up but did
not manage to.
The Chinese national, 45, then attacked the victim's daughter
17-year-old daughter Feng Jian Yu after she was awakened by
her mother's cries. He stabbed her until she collapsed.
Wang, who was naked, subsequently went into a second room and
attacked another mother-and-daughter pair who was staying
in the same flat at Block 349, Yishun Street 11.
In her bid to escape, one of the women, Yang Jie, ran to the
kitchen and climbed out the window and stood on the narrow
ledge outside, while holding on to the laundry pole holders. The
prosecution reportedly claims that Wang then hacked at
Unable to hold on, she fell to her death. While she died because
of the fall, the court hears that two other victims died
from multiple stab wounds.
Madam Yang's daughter, Li Meilin delivered her harrowing account
of the slashings yesterday.
The teenager is the only survivor from attack that lasted one hour
and 49 minutes.
Li, 18, said Wang pushed her onto a bed, but when she saw him
thrust the blade towards her, she kicked him and ran out of
She managed to get to the kitchen toilet and closed the foldable
plastic doors. But Wang hacked at it till it collapsed
and then slashed Li's head, face and neck until she fell to the
He reportedly came back and stabbed her again, reported The
Li was rescued by police. At that time, she did
not know her mother was dead.
According to the national daily, Li, who was
dressed in a long-sleeved plaid shirt and jeans, was serene on the
stand. With a small smile on her face, the lanky teenager, who
wore spectacles, identified Wang by pointing at him when he was
sitting in the dock.
Madam Zhang, who was estranged from her
husband, was reportedly in a romantic relationship with Wang since
2005. He and the four women were all Chinese nationals.
After the hearing, Wang, who is denying murder,
asked his lawyer to tell her that he was sorry.
Wang had only been in Singapore for 10 days
before he attacked the women. He was here on a 30-day social visit