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Man on trial for killing eight children outside east China school

2010-04-08 02:52:47 GMT2010-04-08 10:52:47 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Suspect murderer Zheng Minsheng appears for his trial at the Intermediate People's Court of Nanping City, in southeast China's Fujian Province, on April 8, 2010. Zheng, a former community doctor, was charged with the "intentional homicide" in connection with the March 23 knife attack outside the gate of the Nanping Experimental Elementary School that left eight children dead and five others injured. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

Suspect murderer Zheng Minsheng appears for his trial at the Intermediate People's Court of Nanping City, in southeast China's Fujian Province, on April 8, 2010. Zheng, a former community doctor, was charged with the "intentional homicide" in connection with the March 23 knife attack outside the gate of the Nanping Experimental Elementary School that left eight children dead and five others injured. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

A news conference on a knife attack at the Experimental School is held in Nanping City, southeast China's Fujian Province. Two children injured in a knife attack at the primary school Tuesday have died in hospital, bringing the death toll to eight, police told Xinhua. Five injured children were still in hospital. (Xinhua Photo)

Parents are overwhelmed with shock and grief at a local hospital after a knife-wielding man attacked their children at Nanping City Experimental Elementary school Tuesday morning. (China News Service)

Photo taken on March 23, 2010 shows the gate of the Experimental School, where a knife attack occurred, in Nanping City, southeast China's Fujian Province. Two children injured in a knife attack at the primary school Tuesday have died in hospital, bringing the death toll to eight, police told Xinhua. Five injured children were still in hospital.(Xinhua Photo)

NANPING, Fujian, April 8 (Xinhua) -- A man charged with murdering eight primary school children last month went on trial Thursday in east China.

Zheng Minsheng, a former community doctor, was charged with the "intentional homicide" of the children on March 23 outside the gate of the Nanping Experimental Elementary School.

Five other children were injured in the knife attack.

Prosecutors of the Nanping People's Procuratorate played 15 video clips, totaling 55 seconds of footage, showing Zheng, 41, stabbing children with a knife as they arrived at the school.

More than 50 reporters from dozens of media organizations were present at the hearing, which opened at 8 a.m., at the city's the Intermediate People's Court.

Police said after the attack that their investigations showed Zheng carried out the act because he felt frustrated after breaking up with his girlfriend and he found life meaningless.

Zheng had no history of mental illness, according to police.

Four of the injured children have been moved out of intensive care to receive rehabilitation, while the worst injured, Zhang Xuexin, was still in the ICU for observation, according to doctors with the No.1 Hospital of Nanping where the children were treated.

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