A man has been sentenced to death in southern China for killing five people including three children in a revenge-fuelled murder spree, state press said Sunday.
Chen Huangye, 36, was handed the death sentence Friday by an intermediate court in Hainan province for the November 9 murders in Haikou city, the Xinhua news agency said.
Chen was convicted of knifing a woman surnamed Lin and her two young sons to death after earlier becoming enraged over an altercation with Lin's family, the report said.
Chen then tried to turn himself into local police officers, but they failed to follow procedures and arrest him, instead letting him go, the report said.
The migrant worker from central China's Hunan province then went to a local market where he hacked to death a woman surnamed Wu and her son and wounded the woman's 12-year-old daughter, it said.
Chen had also earlier argued with Wu, who was a fellow migrant worker from Chen's hometown, the report said.
A series of multiple killings have taken place in China this year, including at least five attacks on young children at schools that shocked the nation, leaving 17 people dead –including 15 children – and more than 80 wounded.
Two of the attackers have already been executed and two others committed suicide. The fifth suspect was sentenced to death in June.


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