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Ex-husband of Douyin influencer Lamu sentenced to death after setting her on fire during livestream
Published: Oct 14, 2021 05:36 PM
Photo: WeChat account of the Intermediate People's Court of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture

Photo: WeChat account of the Intermediate People's Court of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture



A man who set his ex-wife, a Chinese Douyin influencer Lamu, on fire during a livestream and caused the latter's death one year ago, was sentenced to death by a court in Southwest China's Sichuan Province on Thursday. 

According to the Intermediate People's Court of the Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, the suspect, named Tang Lu, was given a death penalty for the crime of intentional homicide, read a statement of the court on Thursday.

According to the statement, Tang and Lamu got married in 2009. They quarreled many times during their marriage and Tang had beat Lamu several times. 

After the two divorced in June, 2020, Tang had tried to restore the marriage, but was rejected by Lamu. Thus Tang became embittered.

On September 14, 2020, Tang went to the home of Lamu's father and sprayed gasoline on Lamu, who was livestreaming in the kitchen, and set her on fire.

Lamu died after about half a month of treatment. 

According to a previous report, the fire burned 90 percent of her body.

Lamu had about 800,000 followers on Douyin. She used to share her rural daily life on the platform. Her case triggered heated discussions over domestic violence at that time. 

The Lamu case, together with several other gruesome murders of wives by their husbands, shocked Chinese society. 

In July 2020, a Chinese woman, who was reported missing for 18 days, was killed by her husband who dismembered her corpse and threw her body parts in the community's septic tank in Hangzhou of East China's Zhejiang Province. 

Global Times


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