Ningxia man arrested over fatal knife attack on wife and six relatives

Police say 24-year-old admits stabbing his seven victims, and blames troubled marital relations

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 October, 2013, 6:57am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 October, 2013, 7:03am

Frustration over their troubled relationship drove a man to kill his pregnant wife and six of her relatives - including a child and a 8toddler - police said yesterday after arresting him for the deadly rampage.

Police said they found Ma Yongdong, a 24-year old farmer, hiding in a building materials market in the Litong district of Wuzhong in Ningxia at around 8.30pm on Friday.

He was sent back to his home county of Pengyang yesterday as part of the investigation.

Police said  Ma had admitted to the homicides. 

It was not immediately clear how the suspect journeyed the 300 kilometres from Peng8yang to Wuzhong.

According to Pengyang 8police, the suspect's relationship with his wife had been strained for some time, which fuelled a grudge against his in-laws.

State media said the suspect on Monday quarrelled with his wife, Lan Xiaohong, who was six months' pregnant. He found her later that day at her parents' home in a village in Pengyang county and, armed with a knife, clashed with the relatives.

The victims were Lan, her parents, grandparents and two nieces - one of whom was 18 months old and the other four years. The suspect fled the scene.

Police in Ningxia, a mainly Muslim region in the northwest, had released photos of Ma and offered rewards of up to 100,000 yuan (HK$126,000) for information leading to his capture.

Police posted a photo of Ma in handcuffs as he was being interrogated and another photo of him being sent back to Pengyang county.