Authorities in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou executed a man on Tuesday who murdered his wife in July 2020 and shredded her corpse in a grinder of meat to flush it down the toilet.
Xu Guoli, 58, had been sentenced to death in July 2021 for murder, the Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court recalled on Tuesday in its official account on the Wechat social network, adding that the evidence against Xu was “abundant and conclusive.”
In the first moment, Xu reported the disappearance of his wife, Lai Huili, 51 years old at the time.and even offered a reward of 13,560 euros for clues that would clarify what happened, according to local media.
The police checked 6,000 hours of video captured by security cameras from the vicinity of the couple’s home, located in Hangzhou, and questioned 379 families who lived in the six buildings of the residential complex, without finding any trace of Lai. The case attracted the attention of the Asian country’s social networks, in which Internet users speculated about what happened to the woman.
The authorities then resorted to Drainage from home septic tanksin which they found remains of human tissue, after which Xu was arrested and confessed to the authorities that he murdered Lai on the morning of July 5, 2020 after putting sleeping pills in his drink and grinding up his corpse using a meat grinder and some knives that were in the kitchen.
The defendant disposed of the parts by flushing them down the toilet and scattering them around garbage dumps. During the trial, Xu said that he and his wife frequently argued over financial problems and the education of their daughter together and that he felt aggrieved because she accused him of being “useless”, although he blamed the murder on an “impulsive act”. “, unlike the Prosecutor’s Office, who saw premeditation in his actions.
The defendant could meet with some relatives before his executionn, informed the judicial authorities, who did not provide details about the method used.
The Chinese authorities do not provide official data on the number of those sentenced to death, but in Amnesty International’s 2021 report on capital punishment, the organization noted that “China continues to be the biggest executioner in the world”although it continues to regard execution data as state secrets and prevents its independent scrutiny.