A 52-year-old woman, accused of suffocating her 29-year-old boyfriend last year, stood trial yesterday for murder at Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People's Court.
The woman surnamed Qian was accused of hitting the victim surnamed Ding with a brick at 4am last October 21 while he was asleep in their rental home in Zhangjiang area.
He blacked out and she then suffocated him with a pillow. She later handed herself in to police, prosecutors said.
According to her confession, Ding's parents had found him a new girlfriend after discovering Qian's real age. That made her feel both cheated and fooled.
Prosecutors said Qian met Ding through an online game at the end of 2013. They fell in love and started cohabiting in 2014.
Qian told the court that Ding had helped her to get a fake ID to make his parents believe that she was only eight years older than him. She added that her physical appearance belied her age.
Qian said Ding's parents urged the two to get married and paid for their wedding photos. But their attitude changed when her real age became known. Qian said she told them her actual age during the National Day holidays last year because she was concerned at the thought of becoming pregnant. The parents forced Ding to break up with her, she said.
In an earlier confession to prosecutors, Qian said she had wanted to leave Ding but he wouldn't accept the idea. After that, she led an unhappy life as Ding continued living with her but dated the woman his parents had found for him.
She said the final straw for her occurred last October when Ding boasted that he could keep two women at the same time.
However, Qian changed her story in court, claiming she was blanked out when Ding died.
“I didn't know why I killed him. But I am willing to pay for my life,” she told the court.
Ding's relatives demanded Qian pay 1.94 million yuan (1,710) in compensation. Qian, a jobless native from Hebei Province, said she was unable to do so.
A verdict is expected to be handed down soon.