BEIJING (AP) — An American man has been sentenced to death in China for fatally stabbing a 21-year-old lady who tried to interrupt off their relationship.

Shadeed Abdulmateen was sentenced Thursday after a trial within the Intermediate Folks’s Court docket of Ningbo, a metropolis in China’s japanese coastal province of Zhejiang, the Xinhua Information Company reported.

Abdulmateen met the sufferer, recognized solely by her surname, Chen, in 2019 and entered right into a romantic relationship along with her. When she tried to interrupt off relations, Abdulmateen organized to satisfy her at a bus cease in Ningbo, then stabbed her to demise on the night time of June 14, 2021 with a folding knife he had introduced with the intention of killing her, Xinhua mentioned.

The trial was attended by greater than 20 individuals, together with authorities officers and members of the general public. Xinhua mentioned the court docket dominated the information surrounding Chen’s homicide have been “particularly heinous and resulted in severe penalties.”

It mentioned Abdulmateen had been supplied with a protection, translation companies and consular visits, however gave no particulars on his hometown or how he got here to reside in China.

A U.S. Embassy spokesperson mentioned the Embassy was conscious of the sentence and monitoring the scenario, however for privateness causes, couldn’t supply additional remark.

China is believed to steer the world in executions, however precise figures are thought of a state secret.