A northwest China farmer who
was sentenced to death for killing 10 people in a Taoist temple made an eleventh
hour appeal Tuesday, a day before the court ruling was to take effect.
Qiu Xinghua, 47, said he went on his killing spree because he fell into a
rage when he saw Xiong Wancheng, the abbot in the remote mountain temple, flirt
with his wife.
"I lost control. The only way to vent my fury was to kill," he said in the
appeal, which was passed on to the Intermediate People's Court in Ankang, a city
in Shaanxi Province, Tuesday.
The court sentenced him to death at the first trial on October 19 and also
fined him 5,000 yuan (625 U.S. dollars). The ruling was given to him on October
21 and was to take effect in 10 days.
Qiu maintains that he is a victim too. "Who should compensate me for my
trauma? My self-esteem should also be protected and the abbot and my wife should
be punished too."
He is in custody in Hanyin County. The wardens said he has occasional
tantrums but eats and sleeps well.
Qiu hacked to death the temple abbot, five staff and four pilgrims on July
14. He cut out the abbot's eyes, heart and lungs and fried them in a wok and
used the victims' blood to write "Deserved to die" on the temple wall.
He killed another person during a robbery when he fled to neighboring Hubei
Qiu was caught in August when he tried to return home, after hundreds of
police had pursued him for weeks.