Tibetan gets death sentence for killing wife

Indo Asian News Service

Beijing, Aug 15 (IANS) A Tibetan man in China's Sichuan province was sentenced to death Thursday for killing his wife and burning the body.

The Intermediate People's Court in the Tibetan-Qiang prefecture handed down the death penalty to Drolma Gya, 32, for homicide, and further deprived him of political rights for life.

On March 11, Drolma Gya choked his 29-year-old wife to death in Dagcagoin town with a scarf in their apartment, following a fierce quarrel over his drinking problem.

He took the body outside, doused it with petrol, and set it alight at night.

According to the defendant's confession, he burned the body because he believed an apparent self-immolation would leave him and their daughter with dignity, and the fire would help him cover up the crime.

Drolma has said he would challenge the verdict.