China cult duo to die for restaurant murder

Father and daughter belonging to banned group sentenced to death for the murder of a woman in a McDonald's restaurant.

    Cult members beat the 37-year-old to death for apparently refusing to join their group [Reauters]
    Cult members beat the 37-year-old to death for apparently refusing to join their group [Reauters]

    China has sentenced two members of a banned religious cult - a father and daughter - to death for the murder in a McDonald's restaurant of a woman who refused an apparent attempt by the group to recruit her, state media said.

    The 37-year-old woman, surnamed Wu, was attacked in May in the eastern province of Shandong by members of Quannengshen, the Church of Almighty God, which had preached that a global apocalypse would take place in 2012.

    The case sparked a national outcry after it was revealed that Wu was beaten to death for refusing to give her telephone number to members of the group.

    The Yantai Intermediate People's Court sentenced Zhang Fan and her father, Zhang Lidong, to death for intentional homicide and gave another member of the group, Lu Yingchun, life in prison, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

    "Zhang Hang and Zhang Qiaolian, another two cult members, were sentenced to ten and seven years of jail terms respectively," Xinhua said.

    Zhang Hang is also a daughter of Zhang Lidong. Xinhua did not report ages of the five defendants, who were tried in August.

    Kicked and stomped

    According to Xinhua, Zhang Fan and Lu had called Wu an "evil spirit" and the group beat, kicked, and stomped on her head until she died on the scene.

    The Quannengshen group, which originated in central Henan province, believes that Jesus was resurrected as Yang Xiangbin, wife of the sect's founder, Zhao Weishan, according to previous Xinhua reports.

    Zhao is also known as Xu Wenshan, Xinhua has said, adding that the couple fled to the United States in September 2000.


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