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Paranoid, depressed Gu planned murder to protect son

Murder accused Gu Kailai suffered from insomnia, anxiety, depression, paranoia and was on heavy sedatives but meticulously planned the murder of British businessman, Neil Heywood, fearing that he could harm her college-going son, Sutirtho Patranobis reports.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2012 23:29 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

Murder accused Gu Kailai suffered from insomnia, anxiety, depression, paranoia and was on heavy sedatives but meticulously planned the murder of British businessman, Neil Heywood, fearing that he could harm her college-going son.

The plan to murder Heywood was detailed enough to give co- accused Zhang Xiaojun and Gu to protect themselves.

As more official details of the murder trial emerge, it is now known that Gu's counsel had raised questions about her state of mind during the seven-hour trial on Thursday.

"She used to take anxiolytics, antidepressants and sedative hypnotic drugs, and also received combined treatment by taking antipsychotic drugs, but the curative effect was not enduring. She developed a certain degree of physical and psychological dependence on sedative hypnotic drugs, which resulted in mental disorders," Xinhua reported.

But she - not very clear how in spite of heavy medication - had a practical motive to commit the murder.

"Preparations were made prior to the alleged criminal act, including, asking for poison from others and storing the poison, planning to take the victim to Chongqing and arranging the location of the crime. She was also able to determine the environment for committing the alleged crime, and had a relatively strong awareness of protecting herself," Xinhua said.

Gu confessed: "This case has been like a huge stone weighing on me for more than half a year. Last November, I suffered a mental breakdown after learning that my son was in jeopardy. The tragedy which was created by me was not only extended to Neil, but also to several families."