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Death for road-rage killing

2013-09-26 07:06

TOT-KILLER TO DIE: The man who threw a toddler to the ground in a fit of road-rage in Beijing has been sentenced to death. Image: AP

BEIJING , China - A court here has convicted a man for murder and sentenced him to death for hurling a toddler to the ground in a case that horrified the world.

The two-year-old girl was severely injured and died in a hospital a few days after the incident. Her attacker, Han Lei, fled but police found him the following day. In court he said he thought he had been throwing a shopping trolley to the ground.

The July 23 2013 incident in a southern district of Beijing started with a dispute as the girl and her mother were waiting at a bus stop, the Beijing court system said in a statement on its official microblog. Han, 39, was looking for a parking space when he got out of his car, telling the mother that the carriage was in his way for parking.

DRIVER GETS FIVE YEARS

It said Han beat the woman to the ground, grabbed the girl from her carriage and raised her above his head before throwing her to the ground.

"At that time I didn't know it was a baby carriage. I thought because the woman had just been shopping that it was a shopping cart," state media quoted Han as saying in court.

His lawyer said Han hadn't intended to cause the girl's death but the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court convicted him for murder and gave him the death penalty. A second man, Li Ming, who drove Han away from the scene, was sentenced to five years in prison for hiding the suspect.

Han's death sentence will be reviewed by the Supreme People's Court, as required of all death penalties in China.
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