Shadid Abdulmatin in 2021 killed his girlfriend out of a sense of revenge, the court ruling says.

A Chinese court sentenced a U.S. citizen to death for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, according to an official court notice.

The court found that last year, American Shadid Abdulmatin stabbed a 21-year-old woman several times in the face and neck when they met to discuss differences in their relationship.

Shadid and a woman surnamed Chen began dating after they met in 2019, but later she wanted to break up with the young man, according to the materials of the Intermediate People’s Court of Ningbo.

“From the middle to the end of May 2021, Chen offered to break up many times, but Shadid did not agree and threatened her verbally,” the court said.

They met in June 2021 near a bus stop in Ningbo, where Shadid stabbed the woman several times, according to court documents. The man was found guilty of premeditated murder.

“Shadid committed a revenge killing by stabbing Chen several times and cutting her face and neck, which led to her death,” the court said.

The U.S. Embassy has not yet responded to a request for comment.

According to a Reuters report, a U.S. Department of State official said he was monitoring the matter but would not comment further for privacy reasons.

Human rights activists claim that more prisoners are executed in China every year than in any other country, but death sentences are rarely imposed on citizens of Western countries.

According to the Chinese state news agency “Xinhua”, the last time the death sentence of a citizen of a Western country was handed down to the Briton Akmal Shaikh, who was executed for heroin trafficking.