Posted on April 27, 2022

American Teacher Is Sentenced to Death in China for Fatally Stabbing His 21-Year-Old Girlfriend

Alyssa Guzman, Daily Mail, April 21, 2022

An American teacher has been sentenced to death in China for fatally stabbing a 21-year-old woman who tried to break off their relationship.

Shadeed Abdulmateen, originally of Los Angeles, was sentenced to death on Thursday after a trial in the Intermediate People’s Court of Ningbo, a city in China’s eastern coastal province of Zhejiang, the Xinhua News Agency reported. He was convicted of international homicide.

Shadeed Abdulmateen

Shadeed Abdulmateen

Abdulmateen, an English teacher at Ningbo University of Technology, met the victim, identified only by her surname, Chen, in 2019 after lying about being divorced, according to Xinhua, and the pair entered into a romantic relationship.

When she tried to ‘repeatedly’ break up in May 2021, he reportedly verbally intimidated her, a court statement said.

Abdulmateen arranged to meet her at a bus stop around 8pm on June 14, 2021, in Ningbo. Almost two hours later, he stabbed her to death in the neck and face with a folding knife he had brought with the intention of killing her, Xinhua said.


The court found Abdulmateen guilty of ‘premeditated revenge killing.’

‘[The] stabbing and cutting Chen’s face and neck several times, resulting in Chen’s death, was motivated by vile motives, resolute intent and cruel means, and the circumstances of the crime were particularly bad and the consequences particularly serious, and should be punished according to law,’ the court said, according to CNN.