Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2013

Jealous teen in China murders classmate with knife, cuts off arms and head

A 12-year-old girl, said to be envious of her classmate’s looks, used a kitchen knife to murder her friend as the pair watched TV, cutting off her head and arms.

The girl, identified only by her surname Qin, murdered her 13-year-old friend, identified only as Zhou. Court documents reveal the motive was resentment: Qin was jealous of Zhou’s looks.

The murder took place in April 2012 in Guangxi Province, southwest China.

The two girls were sixth grade classmates and said to have been good friends whose families were neighbors.

According to court documents, quoted by China’s Xinhua news agency, Qin had become envious of Zhou because other children were choosing to play with her instead. Qin, it is claimed, was told she was fat and not as pretty as Zhou.

The court’s judgement described the shockingly graphic details of the murder.

On the evening of April 10, 2012, Qin invited Zhou to her house to play. As the two watched television together, the court heard how Qin smashed a stool over Zhou’s head, knocking her unconscious.

Qin then attacked Zhou with a variety of weapons including a kitchen knife, a beer bottle, a paper knife and a pair of scissors.

The court then heard how Qin cut off Zhou’s head and arms, put them into plastic bags and cleaned the blood from the scene.

Because Qin is under the age of 14, Chinese law determines that she cannot be held criminally responsible for the murder.

Instead of being sent to jail, the court ordered that she should undergo a rehabilitation program. Her parents have also been ordered to pay the parents of the victim a total of $17,750 in compensation.


Chinese flag, Beijing, China. 2009 Photo/Daderot

Chinese flag, Beijing, China. 2009 Photo/Daderot

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