Wan Guangdao, a 23-year-old graduate of the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, stood trial on Thursday for robbing 100,000 yuan from a bank on Zhangjiang Road in Pudong New Area, Shanghai Daily reports.
After deciding the day before to commit the robbery, he entered the VIP section of an ICBC branch on April 10, covered the mouth of a female customer and held a knife to her throat. He asked a clerk to put money into a bag and walked out of the bank.
However, the court heard that he was chased down the street by bank employees. Wan was particularly unlucky as a gung-ho taxi driver, surnamed Zhu, saw the chase and joined in pursuit of Wan. Zhu confronted Wan with his belt, causing Wan to dispose the bag of money into a nearby car. Although Wan escaped, he was apprehended by police the next day.
The prosecution cited Wan’s 60,000 yuan overdraw from 2 credit cards as motivating his failed bank robbery.
Wan’s defense, however, argued for a lenient sentence. His lawyer argued that Wan’s breakup and resultant ‘fragile emotional state’ caused him to impulsively decide to commit the crime, according to the Global Times. (Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time this year a Chinese student has blamed his girlfriend for stealing thousands of yuan.) Wan’s abandoning of the money was framed as an attempt to put an end to the crime.
At the hearing’s close, Wan said “I received lots of praise when I was growing up, which made me remain immature.” His verdict and sentence will be decided at a later date.
By Maea Lenei Buhre