A Chinese murderer who pretended to be a mute in an attempt to conceal his past ended up losing the power of speech for real, a local newspaper reported.
The man surnamed Zeng left his village in the eastern province of Zhejiang in 2005 after killing his wifeâ€™s uncle following a rent dispute over 500 yuan ($76), the Zhejiang Daily reported Friday.
Zeng, then aged 33, pretended to be mute and managed to find a job on a construction site in another province. He changed his name, got married and became a father.
But local police eventually became suspicious at Zengâ€™s lack of identity papers. They ordered a blood test and discovered last October that his DNA closely matched that of the parents of the murderer wanted for 12 years.
Zeng confessed in writing. â€śAfter 12 years of silence, he can no longer speak,â€ť according to the newspaper.
â€śBy not speaking, I was not going to say anything stupid,â€ť Zeng told police in writing. He faces a possible death sentence if convicted of murder.
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