A person who killed 15 individuals and injured dozens extra when he ploughed a car into a public sq. earlier than attacking pedestrians with a hammer and a shovel, is to be executed by Chinese language authorities.  

Yang Zanyun was discovered responsible of intentionally driving his pink Land Rover into the group of a whole bunch of individuals within the jap metropolis of Hengyang.  

Exiting the car he then began hacking at pedestrians with the hammer and shovel, killing 15 individuals and injuring 43. 


Police stated Yang had beforehand served time in jail and had wished “revenge on society” when he carried out the assault in September. 

He drove right into a line of individuals dancing, a few of whom had been immediately killed.

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Yang was sentenced to demise for endangering public safety with harmful strategies by the Intermediate Folks’s Court docket of Hengyang.

He was additionally disadvantaged of his political rights for all times, the courtroom stated.

Yang has six earlier convictions for crimes together with assaulting a decide in 1992, drug trafficking, theft, beginning a forest fireplace in 2006 and different crimes.

In line with China’s state run information company Xinhua, Yang is 54 years previous. His father died when he was 11 and his mom died when he was 33 years previous. The information company stated their reporter discovered him “distant and silent”, and he didn’t simply talk.

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He was reportedly married thrice, had no kids and had mounting money owed on the time of the assault.

He had beforehand opened a restaurant, collected “a specific amount of wealth” by gold mining, was a eager gambler and constructed up an agriculture firm price 500,000 yuan (£58,000), Xinhua reported. 

Police found he was in debt for roughly the identical quantity, and stated he had been recognized with gastric most cancers and suffered from coronary heart illness.

As a result of his earlier convictions native police frequently checked in with him.

Officers had visited him 5 occasions within the six months earlier than the assault and had recorded no irregular behaviour, Xinhua reported.

Police investigations revealed on the day of the assault his sickness had worsened and he felt previous as a result of his lack of youngsters or grandchildren.

He dropped his girlfriend off at her dwelling earlier than finishing up the lethal assault.


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5 individuals together with younger kids had been killed and 18 injured in one other assault in China later this yr when a automotive ploughed right into a crowd outdoors a main faculty whereas kids had been being led throughout the street.

China has historically used firing squad as its technique of execution, however has extra lately favoured deadly injection.

The nation has the very best charge of capital punishment on the earth, however no official figures are launched. A 2013 estimate by an American NGO put the determine at over 2,400 for that yr alone.

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