CHINA: SERIAL KILLER AND RAPIST EXECUTED IN HEBEI
February 6, 2021:
High-profile serial killer Wang Shujin, 53, was executed in Hebei province on 2 February 2021 after his death sentence for rape and intentional killing was approved by the Supreme People's Court. (Sources: China Daily 02/02/2021)
Wang, a native of Hebei, was sentenced to death for multiple counts of intentional homicide by the Handan Intermediate People's Court in the province on 24 November. He was also sentenced to 15 years in prison for rape. The court combined the sentences in the death penalty.
Wang appealed, but the Hebei High People's Court rejected his appeal, upholding his convictions and the death sentence. The sentence was then submitted to the Supreme People's Court for review, as all death penalties made by lower courts have to get final approval from the top court.
After the review, the top court found Wang guilty of four rapes, three killings and an attempted killing from 1993 to 1995.
"Wang had been previously imprisoned for rape, but he raped again and did the killings without repentance and correction after his release, meaning his criminal intent as well as personal and social dangerousness were extremely despicable and serious," it said. "Although he turned himself in, he couldn't be leniently penalized."
It acknowledged the ruling made and upheld by the Hebei courts, noting the facts of the case were clear, the evidence to prove Wang's convictions was sufficient, the death sentence appropriate and the trial procedures legitimate.
The Handan court carried out the execution after receiving the review result from the top court. Wang's close relatives refused to meet him, even though the court told them they had the right to do so before the execution, the top court said.