Schizophrenic killer, 31, is executed for knifing two pupils to death

Schizophrenic killer, 31, is executed for knifing two pupils to death in a random stabbing spree near a school in China

  • The criminal slashed three pupils and a parent near a primary school in 2018
  • He believed he had been bullied by others and plotted the attack as revenge
  • The court said his mental illness had not affected his abilities to control himself
  • The man was executed in Shanghai today by an order from the Supreme Court

A mentally ill killer has been executed in China more than two years after killing two children in a stabbing spree near a primary school.

The 31-year-old criminal, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia, slashed three pupils and one parent during the random attack in Shanghai in June 2018 to release his anger towards society, according to the court.

He was put to death today for committing the crime of intentional homicide by an order from the Supreme People’s Court of China, an official notice announced.

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Huang was executed by Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People’s Court today. The city’s high court sentenced Huang (left, pictured in the first trial) to death last December. The judge deemed that Huang (right, pictured being arrested), could control his behaviour at the time of his crime


Criminal Huang Yichuan repeatedly slashed the three children and attacked one parent in their ‘critical organs’ with a cleaver during a fatal attack near a primary school in Shanghai in 2018

The killer, named Huang Yichuan, used a meat cleaver to attack the four victims in broad daylight. The bloody assault left one other child and a woman injured.

Huang was sentenced to death by Shanghai High People’s Court in a final trial on December 30 last year.

He was executed by Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday after it received an instruction from the Supreme People’s Court.

The Shanghai intermediate court said in a social media statement that Huang had been allowed to meet his close family before the execution, which was supervised by the public prosecutors. 

The authority did not provide further details.

A picture released by Shanghai High People’s Court shows Huang (in green) standing trial 

Huang had plotted the attack to release his anger towards society, Shanghai High People’s Court stated when it announced its ruling last year. 

In a statement released through its official social media account, the court said that Huang, who was then 29, repeatedly slashed the three children and attacked one parent in their ‘critical organs’.

He was caught by police at the scene with the help of passers-by.

The court said that although Huang was confirmed to be schizophrenic by authorities and confessed his guilt voluntarily, his motives were ‘extremely despicable’, his methods were ‘particularly cruel’ and his case had brought ‘exceptionally serious impact’ on society.

The court deemed that Huang’s illness did not affect his sense of judgement or his abilities to control his behaviour at the time of his crime.

The court ruled in favour of a previous decision by Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court and sentenced Huang to death.

Police officers work at the scene where two boys were killed by Huang near an elementary school in Shanghai on June 28, 2018. Huang has been executed for the horrific stabbing spree

A boutique of flowers left for the victims in a school knife attack in Shanghai on June 28, 2018

Huang was found guilty of intentional homicide and handed the capital punishment in his first trial in May by Shanghai Intermediate People’s Court.

The intermediate court said Huang had masterminded the attack after believing he had been bullied and hurt by other people, according to a previous report by Shanghai-based Dragon TV. 

The report said that he hoped to release his anger by killing innocent children.

Huang was said to have taken photographs of a number of primary schools and kindergartens in Shanghai and Guangzhou between March and October of 2017 before taking aim at the Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School on June 28 last year for unspecified reasons. 

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