Nurse, 29, is sentenced to death for murdering her gay ex-lover ‘by stabbing her 196 times after she refused to lend her money to fuel her gambling addiction’
Victim Wang Lei, 26, was stabbed 196 times by her ex-girlfriend Fang Yao, then 28, when they met in a hotel to discuss about money
The women, both nurses, were lovers, but broke up in 2017 after Fang developed an online gambling addiction
The killer chased the victim down eight floors of a hotel, while knifing her on Jan 30, 2018, in the city of Yongzhou, in China’s southern Hunan Province
The fatal attack took place after the former lovers quarreled over money
A friend said the culprit was a gambling addict and had borrowed $104,903
Fang pled guilty and was given a death sentence with a two-year reprieve in 2018, which could commute to a life sentence, based on good behavior
The victim’s family wanted an immediate execution and lodged an appeal
The former lovers’ mutual friend Tang Liping [right] shed light on how the victim Wang Lei [center], was stabbed to death at a hotel by her ex-girlfriend Fang Yao [left], when she refused to continue feeding her gambling habit
According to Tang, both Wang and Fang worked as nurses. She alleged that the couple had loved each other very much, but their relationship broke down in early 2017 when Fang became addicted to online gambling.
Fang was said to start borrowing money from Wang and her friends again and again.
Wang said Fang had borrowed at least ¥720,000 [$104,903], from various sources, including at least ¥280,000 [$40,745], from Wang and ¥200,000 [$29,104], from herself.
Fang it is alleged, never paid the money back to the lenders.
Fang was detained by police in 2017 after using a knife to threaten Wang, forcing her to lend more money to her after Wang had initially said no, according to Tang. The couple broke up the same year.
The murder occurred when the former lovers met in a hotel months later where Fang was supposed to write an IOU to Wang. – After the savage attack, a postmortem report revealed that Wang had 196 stab wounds all over her body.
Speaking on behalf of Wang’s grieving parents, Tang said the Wang family were seeking legal help for the second trial.
The date of the re-trial is yet to be announced by the court, it is understood.