Monday 15 October 2018

China's 'Jack The Ripper' sentenced to death for rape and murder of 11 women and children

Gao Chengyong attends a trial at the Intermediate People's Court in Baiyin, Gansu province, China July 18, 2017. Picture taken July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
Gao Chengyong attends a trial at the Intermediate People's Court in Baiyin, Gansu province, China July 18, 2017. Picture taken July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A Chinese court sentenced a 54-year-old man dubbed the country's "Jack the Ripper" to death on Friday for the rape and murder of 11 women and girls over the course of 14 years, state television reported.

Gao Chengyong, 54, was tried for multiple counts of homicide, rape, robbery and mutilation of corpses, according to the state television's English channel.

He admitted to killing the 11 people between 1988 and 2002 in northwest China's Baiyin city in Gansu Province and Baotou city in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, the report said. The youngest of the victims was eight years old.

Gao was arrested in August 2016 at his own grocery store following a DNA test stemming from an unrelated crime committed by one of his relatives, state TV said, ending a 28-year search.

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