Published: 17:30, October 27, 2023 | Updated: 18:07, October 27, 2023
Man who stabbed 15 at Shanghai hospital gets death penalty
By Zhou Wenting in Shanghai

Hou Xiaofei, the man who went on a stabbing spree and injured 15 people in a hospital in Shanghai last summer, was sentenced to death by the Shanghai No 2 Intermediate People's Court on Friday.

Hou had on July 9, 2022 traveled to Ruijin Hospital with a black backpack containing a single-edged knife, a folding knife, and a window breaker. He then stabbed patients and their family members as well as medical workers, causing serious injuries to six individuals, including four minors, and minor injuries to nine others.

He was later subdued by police officers.

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The court said Hou performed the act as he was resentful of society following a failed investment, and that his murderous intent was obvious and the consequences serious.

More than 20 people, including relatives of the victims, relatives of the defendant, deputies to the municipal legislature, members of the municipal political advisory body, and members of the public, were present when the verdict was passed.