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Chinese son, 25, ‘stabs to death wealthy parents as they sleep because of pressure to get married’

Suspect then reportedly left the family home in Henan province and went to play computer games at an internet bar

PUBLISHED : Monday, 17 October, 2016, 1:25pm
UPDATED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 2:33pm

A Chinese man reportedly stabbed to death his wealthy parents while they were asleep bed because he was unhappy about them pressuring him to get married, mainland media reports.

The 25-year-old suspect then reportedly left the family home in Yanshi, Henan province, to play computer games at an internet bar, Huashang Daily reported.

The man, who is using the pseudonym Zhang Jiaxi, allegedly confessed to stabbing the couple, both aged 48, with a kitchen knife in the early hours of September 30 at their home.

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He never went back to the house and after going to work in a flower shop each day he returned to sleep inside the internet bar each night, the report said.

Police started investigating the killings only on October 8, after Zhang’s grandfather reported a bad smell coming from inside the couple’s home and also a large increase in the number of flies around the property.

The report said inside police discovered the rotting bodies of the couple, who had both suffered numerous wounds to their heads and chests.

Zhang, the couple’s only child, reportedly confessed to the killings shortly after the bodies were discovered, the report said.

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He allegedly admitted stabbing them to death because they repeatedly pressured him to get married.

Zhang reportedly said he had stabbed his parents while they slept on impulse after drinking alcohol and watching horror films.

He claimed that after carrying out the killings he had left the house and visited at an internet bar, where he began to play computer games, and had not returned home since then.

A villager told the newspaper that the couple had been wealthy and had decorated their home early this year in anticipation of their son’s future marriage, but he failed to find a bride despite numerous blind dates.