The South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that at the end of last year, Ms. Lao was sentenced to death for her involvement in four murders (including a 3-year-old girl), robbery and kidnapping. The judgment was issued by the Intermediate People’s Court of Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province.
At the two-day trial in December 2020, Ms. Lao – arrested by the police in 2019 – admitted only two counts of robbery and kidnapping, and blamed the murders on her ex-boyfriend – who was executed in 1999. Ms. Lao also announced that she would appeal the death sentence.
Ms. Lao in court. Photo: SCMP
However, on September 9, the Jiangxi Provincial High Court upheld the death sentence for Ms. Lao. Speaking at the trial, Ms. Lao said with tears in her eyes: “I believe that the law will not unfairly treat good people nor will it forgive bad people.”
Ms. Lao’s relatives believe she was “coerced” and also do not accept the court’s ruling. Ms. Lao’s brother, Mr. Lao Shengqiao, insisted: “We will appeal.”
According to the indictment, Ms. Lao conspired with her ex-boyfriend, Mr. Fa Ziying, to kidnap, rob and murder seven people in four different cities including Nanchang, Wenzhou, Changzhou and Hefei, all belonging to the province. Southeast China, from 1996 to 1999.
Ms. Lao was mainly responsible for finding the target, while Mr. Fa committed the crime. This woman was charged with being directly involved in five murders and responsible for the deaths of two others.
In the 1996 case alone, Ms. Lao and Mr. Fa murdered a couple and their 3-year-old child before taking property from their house. Mr. Fa was arrested in 1999, then executed later that year. Ms. Lao escaped and hid for 20 years before getting caught in a shopping mall in Xiamen City in 2019. During her time in hiding, Ms. Lao used a fake name and worked in nightclubs.