Student says he killed his mum with a dumbell ‘because she wanted to die’

A former student confessed to killing his own mother out of compassion not conflict.

Wu Xieyu, 25, is standing trial at the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in Fujian, China for murder, swindling and buying identity cards.

He told the court on Thursday, that his school teacher mother, Xie Tianqin was one of the best people in the world, news portal Thepaper reports.

Explaining why he killed her, Wu said it was because she had become “pessimistic” and was in pain as she grieved the death of his father ten years earlier, according to the news report.

Inspired by a novel which says if you loved a person deeply, you would do what she dared not to, Wu believed his mother wanted to die.

It is alleged that Wu started plotting Xie's death from April 2015 when he bought knives, meat choppers, waterproof cloth and a scalpel.

He said he chose to kill her on July 10 because it is a reversal of his birthday on October 7.

Wu told the court he committed the crime by hitting his mother on the back of the head with a dumbbell while she was bowing to change her shoes after returning home.

Wu decided against his initial plan of taking his own life immediately after taking his mum's at their home in Fuzhou of Fujian.

He said in court: “It’s so scary, so scary,”

Hiding the evidence, Wu allegedly wrapped Xie's body with plastic sheets after covering it with clothes and quilts and putting activated carbon beside it to absorb the smell.

As well as keeping the house clean, he also fitted CCTV to see police approach to investigate.

Wu said in court: “I had no better way out. If I had found a solution, I wouldn’t have done that.

“At that time, I thought this method was the best.”

Wu was captured in April last year at an airport in Chongqing after three years on the run following the alleged murder.

Police found Xie's body six months after her death.

When Wu was detained at the airport, he was allegedly found with more than 30 fake identity cards and is alleged to have borrowed 1.44 million yuan from his friends and family in his mother's name.

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