December 22, 2008 / 12:23 PM / 10 years ago

"Wealthy" Chinese woman killed for phone, ring

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in northern China have arrested a man for killing a woman who boasted of her wealth, but he was only able to steal a mobile phone, a gold ring and less than $100 in cash, state media said on Monday.

The official Xinhua news agency said the woman, surnamed Wang, ran a cleaning company in Baotou in Inner Mongolia and her husband was a long-distance bus driver.

During dinner with somebody they thought was a friend, a painter surnamed Yang, she boasted that her business was doing well and her husband also earned a lot of money, said the report, carried on Xinhua’s website (

“The man then came up with the twisted idea of murder in order to get the money,” it added.

Yang forced his way into Wang’s home early one morning carrying a knife, and stabbed Wang as she was crying out for help.

“He then stole a mobile phone, about 600 yuan ($87.65) in cash and a gold ring,” Xinhua said.

Yang was arrested earlier this month, it added.

China is trying to narrow a growing gap between the rich and poor, worried that public anger over it could stoke social unrest.

($1=6.845 Yuan)

Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Editing by Dean Yates

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