A judge has shown clemency for an old farmer from Beijing who killed his neighbor with a DVD player and dismembered his body following a petty dispute between the two parties.
According to the Beijing Times, the 65-year-old farmer had agreed to pay 300 yuan in compensation to his neighbor after his dog bit a friend of the neighbor’s during the summer of 2014.
By February of this year, however, the farmer had still not paid up. His neighbor stopped by to discuss the matter but a fight broke out after the pair had gotten drunk. In a fit of rage, the farmer smashed a DVD player over his neighbor’s head and killed him.
Rather than turning himself over to the police, the farmer dissected the victim and burned the remains in his backyard before dumping the ashes along a highway. After the neighbor’s sister noticed her brother was missing and contacted the police, the farmer was arrested by police in March and charged with murder.
While originally sentenced to death, he court suspended the sentence for two years, which meant he would be spared from execution as the penalty is usually downgraded to a life sentence automatically at the end of the suspension period.
The court said the incident was triggered by a small dispute. The accused had confessed immediately after his arrest, which showed that he recognized and regretted his wrongdoing. As a result, the court decided it was therefore not necessary to execute him immediately.