Once a loser, always a loser: Zhao Zewei [photo] was sentenced to death after killing nine students in a knife attack in China, because his own classmates at the school laughed at him, long ago
A man in China was sentenced to death today after launching a deadly knife attack on schoolchildren in April.
Knife-wielding Zhao Zewei, said to be 28, assaulted a group of pupils outside the Number Three Middle School of Mizhi County, killing nine and wounding 12 others.
In a statement, the court described Zhao’s attack as an act of revenge.
Photo [left], show onlookers carrying injured students.
The prosecution said Zhao, a former pupil at the school thought he was the subject of scorn and derision by his classmates at the time. All these years, he has therefore, he held a grudge and plotted the assault.
The court heard that Zhao had been frustrated with work and life before the attack.
Initially, he planned to attack his former classmates, however he failed to find them. As a result, Zhao decided to attack the school’s current pupils.
Preparatory for the stabbing rampage, Zhao bought five knives through the internet in March and April.
On April 27 at around 5pm, he carried three knives and headed to Beimendong in Mizhi to wait for the pupils to finish school.
At 6.14pm, Zhao ran towards the students and started stabbing them with his weapons.
The attack saw nine students killed, four seriously wounded and eight others sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The trial was held at 9am local time at the Yulin Intermediate Court in Shaanxi Province, north-west China.
The trial was conducted by three judges and four people’s assessor and lasted for around three hours, while the suspect was defended by a court appointed public defender