College Student Says He Killed Roommate Over Snoring

05/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

BEIJING — A Chinese college student fed up with his roommate's snoring, has confessed to stabbing him to death in the middle of the night.

Zhao Yan, 22, was stabbed in the chest and back late last year in his room at Jilin Agricultural University in the northeastern province of Jilin, the official Xinhua News Agency reported Tuesday.

His roommate, 23-year-old Guo Liwei, confessed Monday that he stabbed Zhao because of a dispute over his snoring, the report said, citing the Changchun Intermediate People's Court.

Guo had previously complained to Zhao about his snoring and posted video of him snoring on a university Web site, which created more tension between the two, Xinhua reported.

"I told Zhao about it and he became angry. He verbally abused me several times, prompting me to kill him," Guo was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

Guo is currently awaiting sentencing by the court, the report said. Calls to the court rang unanswered Tuesday morning.

Violent crimes have been on the rise in China, especially as the country's rapid economic development has created a growing rich-poor gap.