Chinese Sentences U.S. Citizen to Death for Alleged Murder of Girlfriend

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    The Ningbo Intermediate People's Court gave Abdulmateen a capital sentence on the 21st of April, after convicting Abdulmateen of the “premeditated” murder of a Chinese woman who was only identified by her name, Chen. The Ningbo court described Abdulmateen's killing of Chen as an act of “revenge killing,” allegedly caused by his anger over Chen's decision not to continue their relationship on May 20, 2021. The court revealed horrific details of Chen's last moments in the verdict on April 21, and ruled that Abdulmateen's “stabbing and cutting [of] Chen's face and neck several times” using a “folding knife” resulted in Chen's death.

    On Thursday, China's state-owned Global Times relayed the sequence of events which led to Chen's death in a report citing the Ningbo court decision.

    The newspaper reported:

    The perpetrator began an affair with a woman named Chen in the beginning of 2019 telling her he was divorced. Beginning in May 2021, Chen repeatedly told she him she was looking to break up but was rejected and verbally threatened at times by the suspect.

    On the 14th of June, 2021 Abdulmateen set up an appointment with Chen in the evening, near the station in Ningbo and came armed with the pocket knife. The next night, Abdulmateen used the knife to cut and stab her neck several times until she was unable to resist. He continued to stab her face numerous times, leading to Chen's massive bleeding and ultimate death.

    The Ningbo Intermediate People's Court ruled on April 21 that Abdulmateen “was motivated by vile motives, resolute intent and cruel means, and the circumstances of the crime were particularly bad and the consequences particularly serious, and should be punished according to law,” CCTV said.

    Abdulmateen was a professor of English for a time at Ningbo University of Technology prior to June 2021, according to the South China Morning Post as reported on Thursday.

    The Ningbo Intermediate People's Court held the trial for Chen's murder case at the end of November 2021.

    “During the trial at the Ningbo Intermediate People's Court, both the public prosecution department and the defense counsel presented evidence and the court hired an interpreter for the defendant,” the Global Times reported at the time.

    “Relevant witnesses, expert witnesses and people with special knowledge also testified in court. Prior to the hearing, the court notified the US Consulate General in Shanghai in accordance with relevant regulations, and officials from the consulate attended the hearing,” the newspaper reported.

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