Man who killed six in family executed
A 31-year-old man who hacked six members of his family to death two years ago in a crime that shocked the nation was executed in Beijing yesterday morning.
Li Lei killed his parents, sister, wife and two sons - aged one and six - with a knife on November 23, 2009, at his flat in a residential compound in the capital's Daxing district. The bodies were discovered four days later.
Li fled to Sanya , Hainan , where he was apprehended by police at a leisure centre five days after the murder and charged with 'intentional homicide'.
He told police his family annoyed him and that he had decided to kill them because of 'long-term and deep-seated repression due to an overly strict upbringing'.
Li was sentenced to death by an Intermediate People's Court in Beijing in October, after a psychiatric assessment said he was competent to accept criminal responsibility.
The court also ordered him to pay 3.45 million yuan (HK$4.15 million) in compensation to remaining members of his family, his wife's family and his sister's family. He appealed, saying he was incapable of paying that much compensation, but the Supreme People's Court rejected his appeal in March.
He confessed that after killing the adults, he took an hour to decide to kill his sons, but finally did so because they would have nobody to take care of them. He also told the police that he had planned the murders for a year. Police found a train ticket from Beijing to Shenzhen for travel on November 24, 2009.
Li was described by the media as a reticent and modest man. He owned a restaurant and had eight flats.
The Beijing Evening News reported that Li met his uncle and aunt before the execution.