Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Thief faces death penalty over baby

A man has been sentenced to death in China after he strangled a baby boy he found in the back seat of a car he had stolen
A man has been sentenced to death in China after he strangled a baby boy he found in the back seat of a car he had stolen

A man who strangled a baby boy after realising the infant was in the back seat of a car he had just stolen has been sentenced to death in a north-eastern Chinese court, concluding a case which had triggered public anger.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the Changchun Intermediate People's Court found Zhou Xijun guilty of murder and sentenced him to death on Monday.

State media reports say Zhou stole an SUV parked outside a supermarket, its engine still running, in Changchun city in March. He drove it onto a motorway before finding the two-month-old baby sleeping in the back seat.

The court found that Zhou strangled the child and buried him in the snow. He turned himself in after the case triggered public fury and a manhunt was launched.

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