Woman stabbed 56 times by ex-boyfriend
Gu Cuifang, a 35-year-old nail salon owner in Nanchong, Sichuan province, was sleeping at home with her daughter. Gu Cuifang died of hemorrhagic shock after being stabbed 56 times in front of her daughter, who was no more than 8 years old, when the door of her home was broken into at 5 am. A police investigation found that Gu’s murder was not a home invasion robbery, but that Qu Jiang, Gu’s ex-boyfriend, was the killer.
On November 24 and December 30, 2020, the Nanchong Intermediate People’s Court held a public hearing of the case. Court of first instance, QuJiang regardless of the age of the victim 8-year-old daughter at the scene, with a kitchen knife to cut down the victim caused the victim systemic wound of article 56, “subjective vicious, cruel crime means, social harmfulness is large, the relevant behavior constitutes the intentional homicide, shall be punished in accordance with the law, but” the case is caused marriage disputes when sentencing discretion consider “. Qu was sentenced to death with a two-year reprieve and deprived of political rights for life, with restrictions on commutation of his sentence and compensation of more than 760,000 yuan to the victim’s family.
“Qu Jiang cut my sister 56 times, the knife knife is fatal, my sister’s heart, liver, lung and spleen is not good, why not even the death penalty immediately executed? Just because they used to be lovers?” On March 24, Gu Yanbin, the younger brother of the deceased, told the upstream news (WeChat ID: ShanghaiNews) that the family was not satisfied with the suspended death sentence given to Qu Jiang by the court, saying that the punishment was not consistent with the actual harm caused, and that their earlier relationship had become Qu Jiang’s “fortune-saving man”.
The upstream news reporter learned from the Nanchong People’s Procuratorate that the court has lodged a protest against the case to the Sichuan High Court, and the prosecutors believed that the Nanchong Middle Court’s first-instance verdict was wrong in finding the facts, applying the law improperly, and sentencing was abreasonably light. It wasn’t just Gu Cuifang, who died, who was hurt in the tragedy. After Gu Cuifang was brutally murdered, her daughter Ling Ling, who was less than 8 years old, was spattered with her mother’s blood on her body and face. After repeated psychological treatment, Ling Ling has never been able to get over the shadow of the murder.
Darkness before dawn: Nail shop owner killed 56 times
▲ Gu Cuifang, the deceased, and her daughter. Image source/courtesy of interviewees
Gu Cuifang was only 35 years old when she was killed. She was the owner of a nail shop in Wangfujing Shopping Center, Gaoping District, Nanchong City, Sichuan Province. After her divorce in the early years, she lived alone in Gaoping District, Nanchong City, with her daughter under the age of 8.
In the second half of 2018, Qu Jiang and Gu Cuifang were introduced to each other and later became lovers. Qu divorced his ex-wife in July 2019 in order to be with Gu Cuifang, and they continued their public relationship.
Since October 2019, Gu Cuifang has asked to break up with Qu several times, but Qu opposed the move. Afraid that Gu Cuifang would break up with him, Qu Jiang pestered Gu Cuifang for a long time. On June 1, 2020, Qu Jiang believed that Gu Cuifang could not be redeemed even if he threatened her. At the same time, he suspected that there was a third party and he was cheated by Gu Cuifang. His divorce and debt crisis were also caused by Gu Cuifang. Qu Jiang hated Gu Cuifang and decided to kill Gu Cuifang to vent his anger. Qu Jiang had prepared a kitchen knife, a dagger and other items for hiding after committing the crime.
At about 2:00 PM on June 1, 2020, Qu Jiang, carrying the crime knife, rode a battery bike to Gu Cuifang’s workplace in Wangfujing Shopping Mall in Gaoping District, where he waited for and tracked Gu Cuifang. At about 8 o ‘clock that evening, Qu Jiang found Gu Cuifang after work. He sneaked into the building unit of Gu Cuifang’s residential community and waited for opportunities to attack her on the roof. At about 12 PM, Qu Jiang moved his battery car from the entrance of the residential building unit to the back door of the residential area, so as to avoid monitoring and flee the scene quickly.
At around 5:30 a.m. on June 2, 2020, Qu Jiang came to the 16th floor where Gu Cuifang lived from the top of the building, opened the burglarproof door of Gu Cuifang’s house with the key he had stolen before and entered the room. Then he turned off the main power switch. Armed with a kitchen knife and a dagger, Qu forced his way into the room where Gu Cuifang and her daughter Chen, who was not yet 8, were sleeping. Qu rushed to the bed, held Gu’s head and threatened her not to scream.
The court found that in front of Gu Cuifang’s daughter, Qu Jiang attacked and stabbed Gu Cuifang’s head, chest, abdomen and limbs with a kitchen knife and dagger, causing more than 50 wounds on Gu’s body before Qu fled the scene.
Judicial identification showed that Gu Cuifang was hacked and stabbed with a sharp instrument, causing bleeding from multiple wounds in her body, and bleeding from multiple organs including heart, lungs, liver, spleen and kidneys. She died of acute hemorrhagic shock. After brutally injuring Gu Cuifang, Qu Jiang did not leave the scene of the crime immediately. Instead, he washed his hands and weapons in Gu Cuifang’s kitchen and escaped by riding a battery bike with the clothes and equipment he had prepared beforehand.
Gu’s daughter, who narrowly escaped death, remained in a state of panic after Qu left and opened her home to ask a next-door neighbor for help, who called the police.
Qu was arrested on June 3, 2020, when he fled to Yuechi County and was put into criminal detention on the same day. Qu confessed to killing Gu Cuifang with a kitchen knife.