Ontario sex killer Wang granted full parole

Sex killer Guoxi Wang is getting full parole (read the parole document, after the jump) after 17 years behind bars, parole board records reveal. He will be deported to China immediately. Wang has been in a Canadian penitentiary since 1995, when he murdered Xiaoting Liu, 33. The two were housemates in Kingston, Ontario, and studying on student visas at Queen’s University, when Wang’s obsession with Liu drove him to kill her.

Wang admitted, at his sentencing a year later, that he was obsessed with Liu, who had a husband and young daughter in China. She had rebuffed his advances. He was sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole for 15 years. Wang rendered Liu unconscious, raped her and strangled her to death. He put her body in the refrigerator and called police, telling an operator: “I killed my housemate. I used my hands.” Wang thought he would be immediately deported and then executed in China. The Parole Board of Canada decision says that Wang, who had no criminal record before the murder, has been “polite and courteous” in prison, has completed a number of treatment programs, including sex offender therapy and shows what appears to be genuine remorse. Wang plans to live with his brother in China. Even if he is not subject to supervision there, the parole board concluded that he “would not present an undue risk to society.”

Here’s the full decision of the Parole Board, after the June 2012 hearing:

» An excellent account of Wang’s sentencing in 1996, by former Whig-Standard reporter Jeff Outhit, is preserved here and pasted below:

By Jeff Outhit, Whig-Standard Staff Writer

A tragic tale of deprivation, obsession and murder was told
yesterday as Guoxi Wang pleaded guilty to killing Xiaoting Liu
because she rebuffed his romantic advances.

Wang, 34, killed Liu, 33, in August 1995 in his bedroom on the
second floor of the Colborne Street rooming house where both lived.
Wang and Liu were Chinese students studying at Queen’s University on
student visas, strangers until they met in Kingston.

Madame Justice Helen MacLeod sentenced Wang to life in prison
with no parole eligibility for 15 years after the Crown, which had
charged Wang with first-degree murder, accepted his plea to second-
degree murder.

“A child has lost her mother forever, a husband has lost his
wife, they have lost a sister”, MacLeod said at the Frontenac County
Court House after reading victim-impact statements filed by Liu’s
husband and sister in China.
“[Liu] had everything in life to look forward to. The healing
will take years on the part of her family…
“The senselessness of this killing will never be understood to
them.”

It was the first time that the horrible and sad details of Wang’s
life and Liu’s death were made public.
The court heard that Wang, working towards PhD in chemistry since
1994, had become infatuated with Liu, who had arrived at the rooming
house three months earlier and who reminded him of his lost love, his
first girlfriend in China.
But Liu, a chemical engineering scholar whose husband and young
daughter remained in China, rebuffed Wang’s persistent attempts at a
romantic relationship, saying she wanted only to be friends.

Around 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug.5, 1995, Liu left her room at 22
Colborne St. to go to her office at Queen’s. Wang, who had been up
all night anguishing over Liu, confronted her on the stairway, forced
her into his room and told her he wanted to have sex.
Liu said no. Wang, who was holding Liu on the floor beside his
bed, forced himself on top of her and rendered her unconscious by
strangling her around the neck with his hands, and by holding a cloth
soaked with a powerful sleep-inducing chemical called pyridine around
her mouth and nose.
A petite woman, Liu resisted, scratching Wang on his face and
chest, but she died of strangulation. “It is unclear whether
intercourse took place prior to her death or after,” Crown attorney
Jack McKenna told the court.

After killing Liu, Wang put her body in his refrigerator and took
some time to straighten up his affairs. He mailed a computer to his
brother in China, returned some books to the library, cleaned out is
Queen’s office and tried but failed to rent a car form several
agencies.
He also wrote a two-page letter to Liu’s husband Jianguo Zhang,
an associate professor in biology and technology at Zhejiang
University in China.
The next morning, at 4:18 a.m., Wang made his way to the Kingston
police station on Queen Street, where he placed a call from the lift
phone at the main entrance. The call was received by a dispatcher
and recorded on audio and video tape.
“I killed my housemate,” Wang said. “I used my hands.” Minutes
later, he was arrested at the front entrance of police headquarters.

The court heard that Wang came from a farming family so poor that
five of his siblings essentially starved to death in their infancy.
Wang, a natural intellect, overcame great odds to make it to
university, thanks to the sacrifices of surviving relatives who made
his academic success their family goal.
But Wang’s drive to succeed was made at the expense of his social
skills, said defence lawyer David Crowe, who described his client as
“brooding and obsessive.”
Justice MacLeod was moved by Wang’s desperate childhood, which
she called one of the most “meagre existence” she has ever read.

But she was also moved by the innocence of Liu, who was trying to
make a better life for her family and who wrote letters and
electronic e-mail constantly to her husband, who was due to visit her
in Canada in three months.
Liu’s misfortune, MacLeod said, was to resemble Wang’s lost love,
a girl-friend whose status-conscious family had intervened to end
their relationship because of his “poor, country village background.”
On the rebound, Wang had entered into a loveless marriage with
another woman.
“The human tragedy of these facts cannot be underestimated,”
MacLeod told the court.

Wang, asked by MacLeod if he had anything to say, sobbed through
a rambling statement in broken English, crying at one point.
“I’m very sorry that this happened. Please trust me, I did not
want to do that,” he began, adding later: “I did not mean to kill
her.”

Liu’s husband was not in court for the verdict. He had been
scheduled to fly from China yesterday for the trial that was to start
next week, but his trip was cancelled when Wang decided to plead
guilty.

Yesterday, investigating officer Sgt. Paul Thompson was trying to
secure a refund from Canadian Airlines for Liu’s husband, who put up
four months’ of his meagre wages towards air fare. Most of his air
fare was paid by donations from Kingston police officers, Crown
attorney staff and others saddened by his wife’s murder.
“Everybody is struck by the pointlessness of this,” said
Thompson, who described the victim as small, innocent and
defenceless. “It is the saddest thing that I personally have been
involved in in a long, long time.”
The murder might have been prevented, Thompson said, if Liu had
complained to police or to Queen’s officials about Wang’s behavior,
which was harassing. (The court heard that Wang had followed Liu and
sometimes stayed in her room long after she asked him to leave).
But Liu was suspicious of police because of police activity in
China and did not complain, said Thompson, who hopes that other
foreign students at Queen’s will be less resistent about coming
forward.
“If she had come forward to Queen’s or to us, I’m sure steps
could have been taken that would have prevented this tragedy,” he
said.

The Kingston and university communities rallied to support Liu’s
husband after her murder, in part by stetting up an education trust
fund for her daughter Tianmin, 6.
It is expected that Wang will eventually be deported to China,
where “he is likely to be executed by the authorities,” his lawyer
said.

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