A Chinese man wanted for murder pretended to be mute for 12 years in an attempt to hide his past. He later lost his ability to speak for real, according to a report.
The name, identified with his surname Zeng, allegedly killed his wife’s uncle, who was identified as Mr. Chai, after a rent dispute over $70 in 2005.
The confrontation led to a heated argument, causing Zeng to his uncle to death.
The suspect, 33, left his village in the eastern province of Zhejiang in the same year. After which, he spent the next 12 years of life pretending not to be able to speak.
He was able to get a job as a construction worker in a village in Anhui province. He went under the false name Wang Gui.
Later on, he met his second wife via his boss and became a father. All this time, he remained silent.
However, authorities conducting a survey in the village where he resided became suspicious when Zeng was not able to present enough identity papers.
Authorities took a blood sample and used his DNA to work out his true identity. They arrested him in early 2017.
“After 12 years of silence he could no longer speak,” said in a report. Zeng said in writing that if he does not speak, he does not have “to say anything stupid.
Zeng possibly faces a death sentence should he be charged with murder.