A man who robbed and killed a woman two years ago while she was exercising has been sentenced to death, a court in southwest China said on Monday. In a statement on its microblog, the Leshan Intermediate People’s Court in Sichuan province said Li Jian encountered the woman, surnamed Wang, at about 5pm on December 14, 2017, while she was walking along a road. Li saw that Wang was wearing a gold bracelet and forced her to hand it over. As Wang left, Li saw her reaching for her phone and thought she might be calling the police. He chased her, took her phone and forced her onto a smaller, more secluded road, according to the court statement. To keep her from calling the police, Li returned the phone and gold bracelet to Wang and let her leave. But when he saw her running towards the main road, he worried again that she would call the police and chased after her. He hit Wang on the back of the head multiple times until she fell into the grass and then buried her, leaving the scene with her phone, headphones, gold bracelet, gold ring and three gold earrings, the court said. The police caught Li in his rented flat a week later. Taxi driver in China arrested for kidnapping teenage girl and holding her as sex slave The court said Li did not express regret at the trial, and sentenced him to death with a fine of 15,000 yuan (US$2,234). The case previously sparked heated discussion on social media about whether women should be more careful and take better precautions against crime, such as not wearing flashy jewellery and being more cautious at night. On Monday, several media outlets published “safety guides” on social media for people exercising at night, with suggestions such as “women should not run alone, run at a fixed time or on fixed routes, or choose roads with dim lighting”. That created a backlash, with some describing the guidelines as victim-blaming, pointing out that Wang had done nothing wrong. “Instead of teaching women to take precautions, how about teaching men not to commit a crime?” one wrote in reply to the guidelines. Others said everybody should be reminded to make personal safety a priority, not just women.