Death sentence for man who killed nine in China nursing home

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China

A man who killed nine people and injured nine others in a Chinese nursing home has been sentenced to death, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Renchu had gathered bricks and pummelled residents at the home in the central city of Loudi following a dispute with the owners over allegedly unpaid wages, Xinhua reported.

It said the verdict was handed down by the city’s Intermediate People’s Court on Friday.

Xinhua said the attack happened on February 19 2015, after the owners failed to pay 40,000 yuan owed to Luo and his wife.

Retirement homes in China are drawing new attention as the country’s overall population rapidly ages, mainly as a result of a shrinking fertility rate exacerbated by rules limiting most couples to just one child.

Smaller family sizes and increased mobility have challenged traditional notions that children should house and care for their parents into their old age.

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