China frees beautician who killed official

June 16th, 2009 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Badong (China), June 16 (Xinhua) A court in China’s central province of Hubei Tuesday freed a young beautician who was accused of killing an officer in self defence after he tried to sexually assault her for refusing to offer sexual service at a hotel.
Deng Yujiao, 21, a pedicurist, was charged by the court with intentionally injuring others.

In its landmark ruling, the court said the punishment-exemption verdict was made on the basis of three factors.

“First, Deng’s behaviour was self-defence, albeit with excessive use of force. Second, Deng surrendered herself to the police. Third, Deng had limited capability to take legal responsibilities.”

According to the police, on the evening of May 10, Deng Guida, Huang Dezhi and some other local officials entertained themselves at a bathhouse of Xiongfeng Hotel in Yesanguan town of Badong county.

The two forced hotel waitress and pedicurist Deng Yujiao to have sex with them in return for money. When she refused, they abused her verbally and physically and even tried to sexually assault her.

Thinking that she would be raped, Deng attacked the two man with a fruit knife, the police said, adding that Deng Guida, 44, director of the business promotion office in Yesanguan, died of his injuries, and his 41-year-old junior colleague Huang Dezhi was injured.

The incident aroused wide public attention, especially among netizens, who believed the hotel employee had acted in self-defence.

In line with China’s criminal law, any suspect in the above conditions should be given penalties with leniency.

After the verdict, Deng, choking in sobs from time to time, told Xinhua that she was quite surprised about the judgement and was very contented.

She thought she would have been penalized harshly because of the murder.

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