The father of a medical student at Fudan University who was poisoned by his roommate spoke out against a petition created by classmates asking the court for leniency.
A total of 177 students and one professor from the school recently signed a petition asking Shanghai Higher People’s Court to grant the accused, Lin Senhao, a reprieve after he was sentenced to death in February.
“Even though we think the crime he committed is unforgivable and he should be punished, Lin did some good things at our school and is not a vicious person. We hope the court gives him a chance to turn a new leaf. We are willing to take care of Huang Yang’s parents,” the letter read.
Lin, 28, was arrested in April last year when his roommate, Huang Yang, fell ill after drinking from a water dispenser in his dorm room then died days later due to organ failure caused by poisoning.
Lin confessed in court that he had stolen a toxic chemical from a hospital lab and dropped it into the water as an “April Fool’s Joke”. While Lin insisted that he didn’t think the amount of chemical was lethal, he admitted that he watched his roommate suffer and failed to tell him about the tainted water before he was finally taken to the hospital.
“If [Lin] is not vicious, then why did he put so much of that chemical in [Huang Yang’s] water? Why did he not stop my son from drinking it? Why did he not tell a doctor about the poison as my son suffered on a hospital bed?” said the father, Huang Guoqiang, who called the petition a ploy by Lin’s council to gain sympathy ahead of his appeal trials.
The petition has been forwarded more than 5,000 times online.