The Sunday Review

There’s an old Chinese saying that goes: “Kill the chicken to scare the monkey.”

It is roughly translated as “the best way”. to You can intimidate your big competitor to You can destroy an inferior one.

What about after? There is only one. man In China It appears to You have just discovered.

In a curious court case being reported in the country’s state-owned media, a man Gu was only identified as his surname during this week’s sentence to After a judge found him guilty, he was sentenced to prison to death 1,100 chickens That belonged to A neighbor with whom he was fighting.

The pair had reportedly been squabbling since the neighbor, Zhong, cut down Gu’s trees without permission in April 2022.

Hengyang central court China’s Hunan province heard that Gu had responded by sneaking onto Zhong’s chicken farm during the night on more than one occasion.

It is unclear what Gu’s intentions were but the flashlight he used caused the flock to The panic caused hundreds to die as birds tried desperately to flee the area.

The first time Gu trespassed onto his neighbor’s property, he caused a crush in which 500 chickens died. The police apprehended and forcibly executed him. to Zhong Compensation of 3,000 Yuan (436).

But he didn’t stop there and returned to Zhong’s property a second time, this time killing 640 chickens.

The Hengyang court found Gu guilty of intentionally causing the Tuesday incident. “property loss” to Zhong.

Chinese officials claimed that 1,100 people were killed. chickens These were estimates to It is worth 13,840 Yuan (about $2,015).

Gu was ordered to appear before the court. to serve six months in prison with one year of probation – a sentence it said took into account the remorse Gu had shown for his crime.