Thang Gia (names of characters in the article have been changed), in Vinh Chau town, Hunan province, China, testified that her mother-in-law accidentally found a body while reclaiming behind her house. Through comparison, the functional forces confirmed that the dead person found in the other vacant lot was Duong Dich – husband of Thang Gia – who had been reported missing before. After a specific examination, the forensic examination concluded that the victim died from paraquat (herbicide) poisoning.
After the two got married, Duong Dich became addicted to gambling, did not practice business and often beat and abused defendant Thang Gia and his son, causing the couple’s relationship to fade.
In 2017, the two divorced. Although everyone has gone their separate ways, Duong Dich still finds ways to hold on, even threaten his ex-wife. Faced with his disobedience, and at the same time afraid of hurting his young son, Thang Gia agrees to continue living together. However, later on, Duong Dich became more and more extreme, causing Thang Gia to think of a negative way of “liberation”.
At around 6:00 a.m. on January 25, 2018, before Tang Yi woke up, Thang Gia put a small amount of paraquat in his favorite dog meat to lure him to eat.
Over the next few days, the victim began to experience shortness of breath and general weakness. During that time, Duong Dich allowed Thang Gia to live in the company’s dormitory because he couldn’t drive the car to pick up his wife after work.
At about 8 pm on March 22, 2018, Thang Gia returned home from the company and discovered Duong Dich dead on the bed in the bedroom on the 1st floor. To avoid being discovered by others about her poisoning her husband, Thang Gia brought Duong Dich’s body to an open space behind the house and dug a burial hole. After that, she maintained her normal life as if nothing had happened.
2 years later, at 10:00 a.m. on March 13, 2020, Duong Dich’s mother reclaimed an open space behind the house to grow vegetables. When she reached a place with a steep slope, she discovered something like that. It was hidden under the mud, so he used a shovel to scrape the mud on the foreign object and suddenly saw a pair of shoes.
At that moment, she realized that the shoes belonged to Tang Yi, thinking about her son’s disappearance for 2 years, so she was even more certain. After that, the old woman told her grandson to report the case and then called her daughter-in-law to “talk”.
“Mom figured it all out, but she didn’t hold a grudge against me.” – Thang Gia couldn’t contain her emotions when it came to her mother-in-law.
After identification, the body found in the open space behind the house was Duong Yi and the cause of death was paraquat poisoning.
At about 1 a.m. on March 14, 2020, Thang Gia was arrested by the police. She honestly confessed to poisoning her husband and then hid the body in her backyard and received forgiveness from the victim’s relatives.
The son said that his mother is a person who is hard-working and has a lot of energy. The family’s source of income mainly depends on the mother, the father not only does not make money, but he is also violent and often beats his mother. He believes that his mother’s patience for so long is all because of him, if it weren’t for him, she would have left home a long time ago. Therefore, he wants to ask for a reduced sentence for his mother.
“Drink and gambler, Everything in the house is sold, and that’s it often abusive mother and me, my mother and daughter’s life is not easy.” – Quote from the son of Tang Yi.
The relationship between Tang Yi and his brother is also not good, having not seen each other for many years. According to his brother, his sister-in-law was often beaten by her brother.
Not only did his relatives not sympathize, but the victim of Duong Dich was also unpopular with his neighbours. Because Duong Yi is a thief, the people here don’t like him very much.
Thang Gia’s lawyer said that Duong Dich not only beat but also raped his ex-wife, his wife’s salary was also exploited cleanly, if he deliberately didn’t give it, he would go to the company to mess up.
Thang Gia also added that in 2010 her husband had a traffic accident. After his brain surgery, his temper became more impatient than before. The husband has enough evils all day, only knows how to gamble, so he also forbids his wife from hanging out with friends and working far away, only working near the house for easy management.
After completing the divorce procedure in 2017, Thang Gia wanted to move somewhere else and start a new life, but Duong Dich used a knife to cut bones and threatened his wife. So she had to continue living with her ex-husband, and hell happened again.
After investigation, the testimonies of many witnesses in the case confirmed that the victim often committed domestic violence with the accused. In addition, the defendant sincerely confessed his crime after committing the crime, so according to Chinese law, the defendant can receive leniency.
In the first instance session, the intermediate court of Yongzhou city, Hunan province, China sentenced defendant Thang Gia to 15 years in prison and 3 years of deprivation of political rights for the crime of intentional murder.