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A man dubbed China's 'Jack The Ripper' has been sentenced to death after raping and murdering 11 women and girls.

Gao Chengyong (54) targeted young women during his 14-year killing spree, following them home to rape and kill them.

He was sentenced in the Baiyin Intermediate People's Court for multiple counts of homicide, rape, robbery and mutilation of corpses.

His crimes were committed in northwest China's Baiyin city in Gansu Province and Baotou city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region between 1988 and 2002.

The youngest victim was just eight years old.

During Gao's two-day trial last year, his lawyer Zhu Aijun told Beijing News that Gao "bowed towards the victims' families three times while confessing".

He said he could not afford the compensation, but was willing to donate his organs, the newspaper added.

Police had linked Gao's crimes in 2004, saying at the time: "The suspect has a sexual perversion and hates women.

"He's reclusive and unsociable, but patient."

Gao was tracked down and arrested in August 2016, after a relative was arrested on an unrelated crime and his DNA was collected and tested.

Police said the DNA suggested the killer was a relation, and after Gao's DNA was taken it matched that collected at the crime scenes.

One of his two sons told local media that his father had experienced "bitter suffering" in his youth, failing to become a pilot for "political reasons".

The original Jack the Ripper was a serial killer active in London in the late Victorian era and, while he is believed to have murdered five women, no one was ever caught.


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