A wealthy man who was accused of stabbing his wife to death during a heated argument a year ago this month was found guilty of intentional homicide and sentenced to death with two years reprieve at the Nanjing Intermediate People’s Court in Jiangsu Province, Xinhua said yesterday.
Ji Xingpeng, 25, was suspected of stabbing his 22-year-old wife Qi Kexin at their home in Nanjing on April 25 when a fight broke between the two over rumors that she had cheated on him and that he wasn’t the father of their 3-month-old daughter. DNA test results later proved that he was.
Reports say that Ji had come home drunk and used a fruit knife to slash the woman 20 to 30 times during the argument.
Qi’s death attracted huge media and online attention in China last year, in part because of Ji’s status as a second generation rich. He was a member of the elite Nanjing FSC Super Car Club and owned numerous luxury residences, according to ChinaSMACK. He had reportedly exhibited violence after drinking on other occasions.
The two were high school classmates, according to a self-proclaimed friend of Qi, who took to Weibo to rebuke netizen speculation that the wife had only stayed with Ji because of his wealth.
“The wife’s family is neither poor nor lacks money, marrying this man was completely because he initially treated her very well when he was first pursuing my friend, listening to her in everything, which made her feel that she had found a good man. She was young to begin with and she wanted to marry.”
According to the same friend, Ji frequented gentlemen clubs and would often come home drunk and beat his wife. She said that Qi wanted a divorce, but stayed with the man for the sake of their 100-day-old child.
“My friend was such a fool that she was still preparing a birthday present for that beast these past few days. How could you bear to do such a thing to a woman who loves you that much! If he doesn’t get the death penalty, it will be an intolerable injustice,” the friend wrote.
Edit: The first paragraph has been altered with the addition that the sentence includes a two-year reprieve.