TOKYO — The Supreme Court upheld Tuesday a lower court decision sentencing a former Chinese graduate student to death for killing a compatriot student and her Chinese husband in 2000 after his overtures to her were rejected. The death sentence against Xue Song, 33, a former graduate student at the state-run University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture, will now be finalized.
According to rulings by the Saitama District and Tokyo High courts, Xue made overtures to Xu Xin, then 29, who was also a graduate student at the same university, in July 2000. Xu declined Xue's overtures, telling him that she was married to Gu Jingqi, then 39, a corporate employee. Xue fatally stabbed Xu and Gu with a survival knife at a parking lot in Kasukabe, Saitama Prefecture, on Sept 22, 2000. (Kyodo News)