A man who set a bus on fire in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province last July as an “expression of revenge on society” was sentenced to death at the Intermediate People’s Court of Hangzhou.
The arsonist, 35-year-old Bao Laixu, poured lacquer thinner on the floor and set it aflame as he was riding the bus along with more than 80 other passengers on July 5, 2014, CCTV footage showed. The blaze left 30 injured, 20 among them in serious condition. The cost of their treatment has so far reached 13 million yuan, with 1.7 million yuan spent on Bao.
Bao, who sustained severe burns over 95 percent of his body and had to have his feet amputated, appeared at court in a hospital stretcher.
During his trial on January 28, Bao pleaded guilty of arson, telling the court that his crime was “an expression of revenge on society” and that he wanted to end his own life because of the poor treatment of his tuberculosis over the years.
After Bao was indicted last year, reporters traveled to his family home located in a remote village in Gansu province. His parents said they hadn’t spoken to him in six years.
Days after Bao’s act of arson, a man in Guangxi started a fire on a bus in Changsha, Hunan province. He said he did it to get free meals in jail.