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Paranoid, depressed, on sedatives but 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.

world Updated: Aug 11, 2012 21:44 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.

In fact, the plan to murder Heywood was detailed enough to give co accused Zhang Xiaojun and especially Gu – wife of sacked and censured Bo Xilai, rising star in the ruling Communist Party of China -- to protect themselves.

As more official details of the murder trial emerge – only on state-run Xinhua news agency – it is now known that Gu’s counsel had raised questions about her state of mind during the seven-hour trial in Hefei in eastern China on Thursday.

“After studying her medical records and interrogation transcripts, hearing the testimony of witnesses, talking with Gu Kailai alone and conducting discussion and analysis, the expert group concluded that Gu Kailai had been treated for chronic insomnia, anxiety and depression, and paranoia in the past,” Xinhua said, quoting from court proceedings.

“She used to take anxiolytics, antidepressants and sedative hypnotic drugs, and she 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,” the agency reported.

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

“Preparations were made prior to the alleged criminal act, including, for example, asking for poison from others and storing the poison, planning to take the victim to Chongqing and arranging the location for committing the alleged crime, among others. She was also able to determine the environment for committing the alleged crime, and she 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. What a nightmare. During those days 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.”

So did the 33-year-old Zhang. He said “sorry” to the relatives of the victim. “I hope the court can give me a chance to take a new lease on life. I really know that I did wrong.”