Guangdong Qingyuan 18 death KTV arson case defendant died at first trial

Guangdong Qingyuan 18 death KTV arson case defendant died at first trial

Original title: Southern Metropolis Daily: Qingyuan 18 dead KTV arson case defendant died at first trial! Confession to the waiter refused to set fire

Source: Southern Metropolis Daily

In the afternoon of September 11, Huang Shenglong Zhao Caihong, a reporter from Nandu News, Qingyuan Intermediate People's Court of Guangdong Province publicly sentenced the defendant Liu Chunlu to set fire, sentenced Liu Chunlu to death and deprived him of political rights for life.  

The court found that on April 23, 2018, the defendant Liu Chunlu and friends Huang Mou, He Mou, Wu Mou came to Yingcheng Tea Garden Road, Yingde City, Guangdong Province, a recreation hall (KTV) singing and drinking. During the period, Liu Chunlu entered another compartment on the same floor, confessed to a waitress Zhang Mou rejected, resentment, and then talked with Deng Mou-ming about trading Ganoderma lucidum business, was sitting next to Deng Mou-ming interruption and caused the transaction failed, angry, threatening to set fire to KTV.  

The court was opened at the first instance. Photo source: Qingyuan procuratorate official website

At about 0:30 a.m. the next day, Liu Chunlu came to the lobby of the first floor of the KTV and pulled out the fuel pipes of the self-used motorcycles parked there, causing a large amount of gasoline to flow to the ground. Huang and He of the same trade met with obstruction, but Liu Chunlu ignored the obstruction and rushed into the hall of the first floor of KTV, lighting the ground with a lighter. Gasoline burned violently, and the fire spread quickly to the entire hall of KTV, igniting wooden doors, motorcycles and other items in the hall and doorway. Liu Chunlu fled the scene after setting fire.  

Eighteen people on the second and third floors of the KTV died of carbon monoxide poisoning after they had no time to run out and inhale hot smoke. Four others were rescued by firefighters. At 10 o'clock in April 24, 2018, Liu Chunlu was arrested by the public security authorities.  

After judicial authentication, Liu Chunlu has full criminal responsibility when committing a crime.  

The procurator general of Qingyuan procuratorate appeared in court to support public prosecution. Photo source: Qingyuan procuratorate official website

The court held that the defendant Liu Chunlu deliberately set fire, resulting in 18 deaths, one serious injury, two minor injuries and other people's property serious consequences of heavy losses, his act has constituted the crime of arson. The defendant Liu Chunlu deliberately set fire because of daily personal feelings and trifles dissatisfaction, resulting in serious harmful consequences, extremely bad nature, extremely serious crime, after discussion by the judicial committee, the death penalty should be applied according to law. The court made the decision.  

According to reports, the case is of great importance and has a wide social impact. After careful consideration, the court decided to adopt a collegial panel composed of three judges and four people's jurors to hear the case. Zhu Kesheng, president of the Qingyuan Intermediate People's Court, served as the presiding judge and Liu Xiangfu, chief procurator of the Qingyuan People's Procuratorate, served as the prosecutor to support the public prosecution. In the process of case hearing, we should give full play to the advantages of people's jurors in participating in case hearing, judicial supervision, legal mediation, publicity of the rule of law, and contacting the masses. The specifications of the collegial panel of the case are the seven-member collegial panel adopted by the courts of Guangdong Province for the first time since the implementation of the People's Jury Law. The successful discovery and timely pronouncement of the case on that day demonstrated the unswerving determination of the political and legal organs to give full play to their judicial functions and safeguard social fairness and justice.  


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