A Chinese kickboxer/boxing coach is currently facing murder charges for the death of his wife who died after he allegedly subjected her to a brutal five-hour assault in September.
The 32-year-old suspect, identified as Xu Ding, would later claim after his arrest that he was enraged after catching her being unfaithful. Her family has denied such claims, South China Morning Post reports. Local media reported that Xu had locked his wife Zhao Pan in a room on the night of the terrible crime in Jiangyou, Sichuan Province.
Xu admitted that he repeatedly punched and slapped Zhao, with whom he had a 17-month-old baby, occasionally hitting her with a feather duster and scabbard. The whole ordeal lasted from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
In a recent television interview, Xu’s mother shared she tried to intervene and knocked on the door asking her son to stop after she heard the 27-year-old woman screaming and crying. Xu, however, refused to listen and continued to beat the helpless woman.
Zhao would later be found lying unconscious in her own vomit after Xu opened the door. He soon fled as his mother called an ambulance. Xu was arrested hours after the incident while his wife died of severe brain damage two days later in the Jiangyou No. 2 People’s Hospital in Sichuan Province.
“The bruise was cumulative wounds and there was a large area of her body appearing in deep purple color,” one attending physician was quoted as saying.
According to local authorities, Xu has been under the influence of drugs during the crime after tests found traces of methamphetamine in his body.