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Chinese man jailed for exchange student killing

TT/The Local/dl · 27 Jun 2011, 14:16

Published: 27 Jun 2011 14:16 GMT+02:00

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According to the Örebro District Court's ruling, Junhui Pan should be expelled from Sweden following the completion of his prison term.

He has also been ordered to pay the family of the victim, 24-year-year-old Hao Chen, 576,400 kronor ($90,000) in compensation.

Chen was stabbed 25 times in a residential neighbourhood in Örebro on March 31st of this year while out walking with a friend.

She suffered fatal stab wounds to the chest, face, arms, legs and back, dying from internal bleeding at hospital several hours after the attack.

During the ensuing investigation, Pan expressed his regret for the attack, saying he would have committed suicide had he not been arrested so quickly, the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper reported.

In explaining his motive for attacking the woman, Pan said he fancied Chen, but had failed to garner her attention.

The case of unrequited love left Pan depressed and suicidal as he contemplated whether or not he should kill Chen in order to end his own suffering.

The day of the attack, Pan took a large knife and walked to the Brickebacken neighbourhood and attacked Chen from behind.

A court-ordered psychiatric evaluation revealed no indication that Pan suffered from a mental illness, paving the way for a prison sentence for the killing.

Pan's defence attorney, Åke Söderström told Nerikes Allehanda that the sentence was expected.

"Sixteen years isn't surprising," he said.

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"The decision about deportation following the sentence isn't unexpected either."

While he plans to discuss the verdict with his client, Söderström said there is nothing to indicate that they will appeal the ruling.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:31 June 27, 2011 by canuk
the punishment is illogical...now sweden is paying a price for this person killing one of his own kind here....should have been sent back to china to face punishment...then he would have been killed saving a lot of money. $90,000 is more than an chineese person makes in a lifetime.
18:25 June 27, 2011 by Puffin

Isn't it usual that you are prosecuted for crimes in the country where the crime is committed?

Hard to say whether $90K is a lot for this man or not - someone had to pay the $11K p.a. in living costs that he needed to come to Sweden
18:41 June 27, 2011 by Horace
That's not a lot of money in China. You can't even buy an apartment for that.
18:52 June 27, 2011 by el dorado
Swedish Prison: 2 744 SEK per day /

1 001 560 SEK per year

X 16 years = 16 024 960 SEK (1 756 414 EUR / 2 494 986 USD)

= How many ambulance rides?
22:08 June 27, 2011 by eddie123
hmm... a lot of wad to waste on a prisoner... them prisoners have it good. that said, the dude appears to be getting quite the lengthy sentence in comparison to other murder cases in Sweden - i wonder why. could it be so because he is chinese?
23:47 June 27, 2011 by tuerd1982

In these days, that much money which you are referring is nothing in China. Wake up you are living in 2011 not 1980.
00:54 June 28, 2011 by Elkhorn

Happened here too.
01:41 June 28, 2011 by maxse

well, if Pan can afford to study in Sweden, $90,000 is not so expensive at all.

In fact, Chinese is richer then 30 years ago, not just government, but also people.

Read more about China in different newspapers,internet and new books, you will know you are far away from the today.

If Pan killed Chen in China, he would very likely be sentenced to death and with compensations.
14:58 July 2, 2011 by Icarusty
The average Chinese wage is $6,000. So 90 grand is huge

"that said, the dude appears to be getting quite the lengthy sentence in comparison to other murder cases in Sweden - i wonder why. could it be so because he is chinese?" - No, really! Whites especially tend to get lesser sentences in general for the same crime... pyschologists have a proper term for it, but basically its race bias i.e. sticking up for their own, be harsher than others. That is why sentences must be enshrined in law and not up to the judge
22:47 July 24, 2011 by alloallo
If it's true that he gets a longer imprisonment compared to Swedish White people who are murders then it shows that the Swedish Legal System isn't that fair.
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