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Murderer who took photos of his dead partner jailed for life

|News, Violent crime

A killer who took photos of his partner’s lifeless body and posted them in a Chinese chat group has admitted murder and been jailed for life with a minimum term of 19 years.

Yixing Song, 54, stabbed mother-of-two Li Qing Wang 22 times in her own bedroom in Leyton, east London on 25 February this year.

He then posted a photograph of his 35-year-old victim’s body on WeChat, a Chinese messaging service similar to WhatsApp, in a group chat with Ms Wang’s family members back home in China.

On Tuesday, 1 September he pleaded guilty to murder at the Old Bailey. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 19 years.

Bridget Fitzpatrick, homicide Senior Crown Prosecutor at the CPS, said: “This was a violent attack on a woman in her own home by someone who had been dear to her.

“Song showed complete disregard for his victim and her loved ones by inflicting such horrific injuries on his partner, and then by cruelly posting the photos he had taken of Ms Wang’s body on the bedroom floor.

“What’s more, when police arrived Song strangely pretended to be unconscious himself.

“I hope this conviction and the significant sentence provides some comfort to Ms Wang’s family and friends.

“The CPS takes domestic violence extremely seriously and will continue to work with criminal justice partners to bring offenders to justice.”

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