By Isha Sesay •
Published: 26 Nov 2019 • 10:48
TRIAL: The 74-year-old defendant appeared at the Old Bailey London, England, charged with the murder. Credit: Stock Image.
A PENSIONER has admitted to stabbing and beating his wife to death with a rolling pin in London, England.
The 74-year-old defendant, named as Zhizhang Shan, appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday, November 25, charged with the murder of 73-year-old Shuren Ma.
The court heard that during the attack, which took place in the early hours of July last year, Shan hit his wife repeatedly over the head with a rolling pin, stabbing her multiple times in the chest and abdomen. The man then made concerted efforts to kill himself by stabbing himself in the abdomen.
The couple’s family attempted to stop the attack, however, despite their best efforts, they were unable to save the woman.
A coroner determined that the victim suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries from the five blows she received to her head by the rolling pin.
An expert testified during the trial, determining that the “defendant was suffering from a serious depressive illness with paranoid features at the time of the killing.”
At an earlier hearing, Shan said that he had no memory of the killing and denied having any injuries of his own. He had been due to face a murder trial, but has now pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility.
Judge Richard Marks QC adjourned sentencing until December 6 and we at Euro Weekly News understand that detention in a secure hospital has been considered.
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