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Wed Jun 8 14:46:59 CDT 2005
Death sentence for online gamer
A Shanghai online gamer who murdered another player because of a dispute
over a "cyber-weapon" was given the death sentence with a 2-year reprieve
yesterday at Shanghai No 2 Intermediate People's Court.
Qiu Chengwei's death penalty will be commuted to life in prison if he
behaves well in jail, and no other crimes relating to him are uncovered.
His sentence could be reduced to a prison term of 15 years.
Zhu He, Qiu's lawyer, said the defendant should be happy with the verdict,
indicating he would not appeal against the ruling.
But the family of the murdered man, Zhu Caoyuan, said they will appeal.
"My son was only 26 when he died," said Zhu Huimin, the dead man's father.
"He was sleeping when Qiu broke into his home. He was barely able to put
on his pants before Qiu stabbed him."
He added, "We want Qiu to die, and immediately."
The parents said that they would go to the Shanghai No 2 Intermediate
People's Procuratorate, which filed the prosecution, and propose a
If the procuratorate accepts their request and files for a retrial, an
appeal could be heard at Shanghai High People's Court in 15 days' time.
At the same time, Zhu Huimin also filed a lawsuit against Qiu, demanding
more than 700,000 yuan (US$84,000) in compensation.
Qiu Chengwei, 41, jointly won a "cyber-weapon," called Dragon Sabre, with
another player, Li Yongwei, last February in a popular online game, Legend
of Mir III.
The weapon was used to kill characters in the game.
Qiu loaned it to Zhu who then sold it for 7,200 yuan (US$871).
Qiu found out and went to the police, but was told the weapon did not
count as real property that could be protected by law.
After failing to get the weapon back or any money in compensation, Qiu
went to Zhu's home at Qipu Road one day last October.
When he failed to get satisfaction, he stabbed Zhu in the chest, hitting
the latter's heart and left lung, causing him to die immediately. Qiu then
left and turned himself in to the police 2 hours later.
(source: China Daily)
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