Update: November 30, 2013 - Han Lei has now lost his final appeal at the People’s Higher Court which upheld the original verdict and sentence by Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court in September this year.
It is now likely that Han Lei will spend less than 30 days on death row before finally being executed by a bullet to the back of the head.
HAN LEI GET DEATH PENALTY FOR MURDERING 2 YEAR OLD GIRL – Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court has handed down the death penalty to Han Lei after being found guilty of murdering a 2 year old girl.
Ex-convict Han Lei was given a life sentence in 1996 after stealing a car; however his term was later commuted and was therefore released.
On July 23, Han Lei was involved in an altercation with a woman in a Bejing supermarket car park. The argument became heated over a car parking space and in a fit of rage he knocked the woman to the ground, lifted the buggy of the woman’s child above his head and then slammed it into the ground.
The 2 year old girl, who was in the buggy, suffered severe injuries and died as a result of her injuries some two days later.
Han Lei, after the incident, then fled the scene however Chinese police managed to track him down and arrest him just one day later.
Han Lei’s defence was that he wasn’t aware it was a child’s buggy but rather just a shopping cart – he told the court that the argument was over a car parking space in the supermarket grounds and assumed that the woman had just finished her shopping and therefore thought the buggy was nothing more than a cart full of groceries.
The judge at the trial dismissed Han Lei’s defence and sentenced him to death. Chinese media have reported that Han Lei was extremely remorseful and actually asked the court to impose the death penalty for his actions.
Alongside Han Lei was a co-conspirator Li Ming who drove Han Lei from the scene; Li Ming was handed down a 5 year prison sentence for helping Han Lei flee the scene and for attempting to hide him.
The Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court has now handed the sentence over to the Supreme People’s Court for review; a requirement for all judgments resulting in the death penalty in China.