A court in the central Chinese city of Chongqing sentenced a man to death for killing his two children by throwing them from a fifteenth floor in collaboration with his new partner, who also received the maximum penalty, local press reported today.
Death penalty for man who threw his children from a fifteenth floor at the demand of his new partner
The court assured that the double intentional homicide, carried out on November 2, 2020, was “extremely cruel” and crossed “all lines of law and morality”, indicates the Sohu news portal.
The two siblings, a two-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy, died after falling from a great height in what appeared at first to be an accident.
However, police determined in the investigation that the children were thrown premeditated and that the prime suspect was the father, Zhang Bo.
Zhang began a relationship with the second defendant, Ye Chengduan, in April 2019, shortly after divorcing the victims’ mother.
Ye pressured Zhang to get rid of the children because neither she nor her family could accept a relationship with a man who already had offspring, local media report.
According to the children’s mother, at the trial Zhang claimed that, at the time of the events, he had a video call with Ye, who, cutting his wrists, threatened to commit suicide if he did not end the lives of his children, after which the convicted man threw them out of the window of his apartment.
The Asian court considers the murder to be the result of a conspiracy between Zhang and Ye.