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Court finds priest guilty of murder
Hands down 15 years sentence for killing of parishioner's ex-husbandThe prison in Bei'an, where Fr Shang Kanfa will serve a 15-year sentence for murder
- ucanews.com, Hailun
- June 8, 2012
Father Shang Kanfa was arrested last year after an altercation with a man who came to the construction site of the new Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Church in Hailun city looking for his ex-wife and armed with a screwdriver.
When the priest reportedly intervened, a fight broke out and the man, surnamed Wang, was struck on the head and fell unconscious. He later died in hospital.
Fr Shang will serve his sentence at a prison in Beiâ€™an city, where Church sources say that for the moment he is not permitted to receive visitors. He was also ordered to pay an indemnity of 300,000 yuan (US$47,000) to the family of the deceased.
The priestâ€™s siblings decided not to appeal the decision to a higher court, and the compensation was paid with donations from family members, priests and laypeople, the Church sources said.
â€śSeveral diocesan priests and Fr Shangâ€™s family members went to the court and wanted to sit in to hear the judgment. But only his two lawyers were allowedÂ in the closed court,â€ť one Church source said.
Parishioners of Sacred Heart said they were grieved by the verdict, as Fr Shang had served the parish faithfully for 18 years, since he was ordained a priest in 1993.
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