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China executes man who killed toddler after quarrel over parking space

A Chinese man who killed a two-year-old girl after a row with her mother over a parking space was executed on Friday, a Beijing court said.

Han Lei was convicted of taking the child from her pram and throwing her to the ground after her mother refused to make way for him to park his car in the capital of China.

He and a friend in the vehicle drove away and the toddler died two days later of her injuries

Public outrage

The incident, which happened in July last year, provoked widespread public outrage.

Han, 40, was sentenced to death two months after the incident.

He tried appealing against the penalty, but was unsuccessful.

China’s Supreme Court approved the sentence and he was executed on Friday, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court said on a verified microblog account.

Distressed

Han had reportedly told prosecutors last year he felt so guilty and distressed that he wanted to die, according to previous Chinese media reports.

"I caused such a calamity for the child... please make sure that I am sentenced to death," he was quoted as saying. "I don’t want to live any more."

Han was sentenced to life in prison in 1996 for stealing a car but was released 2012 after the sentence was commuted, the reports said.

Source: AFP

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