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Spurned Chinese man threw love interest off building to her death, court hears

The man overheard his crush of eight years badmouthing him the night before, he tells court

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 12:52pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 August, 2017, 12:52pm

A Chinese man threw his love interest of eight years off a building to her death, after she spurned him and started dating someone else, a court in eastern China heard.

The man, 27, was standing trial in the court in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on Wednesday, the Qianjiang Evening News reported on Thursday.

The man, who was not named in the report, said he had fancied the woman, his high school classmate, for eight years.

He grew closer to her after he left China for college in the United States, and she would regularly update him about her life, the report quoted the man as saying.

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But the woman never accepted the man as her boyfriend, only repeatedly telling him that they needed to get to know each other better, he said.

To show his admiration and affection for the woman, the man bought her many branded handbags, jewellery and other luxury gifts over the years.

In February, he even left the US to move to Hangzhou, where the woman lived, according to the report.

The two became housemates, sharing an apartment alongside one of the woman’s colleagues.

But their relationship soured soon after the man found a picture of the woman with another man displayed in a photo frame near her bed, the report said.

“I’ve pursued her for eight years and she had never agreed to take a picture with me,” the man told the court.

On the night before the woman’s death, the man overheard her talking about him on the phone with someone else.

“She said I was after her but that she found me unlikeable,” he told the court. “I couldn’t sleep that night and felt very pained.”

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Angered and frustrated, he went into the woman’s room the following morning, picked her up and threw her off the building from the balcony of their 19th floor apartment, the court heard.

The incident happened on March 20, just 40 days after the man moved back to China from the US. The woman died.

During police investigations, officers found on his computer that he had searched online for keywords including “suicide” and “sentence for murder”, the court heard.

The verdict will be announced later, the report said.