CHINA Man convicted of rape, murder acquitted

CHINA

Man convicted of rape, murder acquitted

Xinhua

13:57, January 13, 2020

6e05a6dagy1gauoz9e2vfj20ku0b4jyy.jpg

File photo

JINAN, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Zhang Zhichao, who had been convicted of raping and murdering a middle school girl, was acquitted after a retrial in east China's Shandong Province on Monday.

Wang Guangchao was also acquitted of harboring Zhang and concealing the murder on the same day. The civil compensation that went with the original sentence was announced invalid as well.

The victim, surnamed Gao, was reported missing on Jan. 10, 2005. Her body was found in a bathroom at her middle school in Linshu County on Feb. 11, 2005. An autopsy showed that she was strangled to death.

The provincial higher people's court ruled that due to lack of objective evidence, and doubtful legality of the defendants' confession, the evidence that led to Zhang's activities of raping, murdering and corpse insulting was incomplete. Besides, witnesses' testimony contradicted Zhang's confession.

The court, by order of the Supreme People's Court's retrial decision, launched an investigation on Feb. 8, 2018, and held a private hearing on Dec. 5, 2019.

Without reliable and complete evidence, and due to unclear facts, the court sentenced the defendants not guilty. Zhang was released in court.

The chief judge informed the two defendants that they can apply for state compensation to the original court that gave the guilty verdict.  


Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue