Law/Justice

American teacher is sentenced to death in China for fatally stabbing his 21-year-old girlfriend when she tried to break off their relationship

By Alyssa Guzman For Dailymail.Com and Associated Press

  • Shadeed Abdulmateen, originally from Los Angeles, was sentenced to death on Thursday for international homicide in China 
  • Abdulmateen, a teacher at Ningbo University of Technology, met the victim, identified only by her surname, Chen, in 2019 after lying about being divorced
  • After ‘repeatedly’ trying to break up with him in May 2021, the pair agreed to meet at a bus stop in Ningbo around 8pm 
  • Roughly two hours later, he stabbed Chen in her neck and face and she was pronounced dead at the scene 
  • The court found Abdulmateen guilty of ‘premeditated revenge killing’ 
  • Locals were reportedly angry by how slow the police worked due to him being a foreigner and said it shouldn’t be a ‘protective umbrella’ to ‘escape punishment’
  • It is unclear if Abdulmateen will appear the death penalty. China is believed to carry out ‘thousands’ of executions a year 

An American teacher has been sentenced to death in China for fatally stabbing a 21-year-old woman who tried to break off their relationship.

Shadeed Abdulmateen, originally of Los Angeles, was sentenced to death on Thursday after a trial in the Intermediate People’s Court of Ningbo, a city in China’s eastern coastal province of Zhejiang, the Xinhua News Agency reported. He was convicted of international homicide.

Abdulmateen, an English teacher at Ningbo University of Technology, met the victim, identified only by her surname, Chen, in 2019 after lying about being divorced, according to Xinhua, and the pair entered into a romantic relationship.

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