After killing and dismembering her employers in France back in 2012, Chinese nanny Hui Zhang claimed to a Paris court yesterday that she had only acted in “self-defense.”
Hui, 34, purportedly came under attack after the baby of her employers died in its sleep during her care. After breaking the news of the child’s death inside her apartment, the enraged parents supposedly came at Hui and her boyfriend Te Lu, also 34, with a butcher’s knife.
“It’s true, I killed them, and I will regret it for the rest of my life,” Hui pleaded.
Her defense lawyer Alexis Guedj stresses that Hui’s actions were done in self-defense. Meanwhile, Te denied guilt for the crime, claiming to have been knocked unconscious during the scuffle: “I was sucked into a whirlwind of nightmares but I am innocent.”
However, prosecutor Chloe Arnaux is pushing for a heavier sentence on the grounds that the defendants were already armed with sharp weapons upon meeting with the victims.
After killing her employers, Hui reportedly dragged the two corpses into the bathroom, where she dismembered them with an electric saw while simultaneously running the washing machine in order to cover the noise. Supposedly, Te awoke in time to assist with discarding the body parts into garbage bags. The couple then fled to China, but have returned to France, likely out of fear of the mainland’s death penalty.
After parts of the victims’ corpses were discovered in June of 2012 by citizens in the Vincennes forest area, Hui and Te turned themselves into the police and assisted with locating the remaining body parts.
However, the baby’s corpse, also discarded in the rubbish, was never found.
Hui and Te have been residing in France since 2004. They apparently showed no indications of a predisposition to violence prior to the crime. That said, investigators described Hui as highly intelligent and the more dominant of the pair.
The trial will be continuing until Friday.