Po­lice­man in court af­ter mother-to-be gunned down

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By AN BAIJIE in Bei­jing and HUO YAN in Nan­ning

A po­lice­man stood trial on Thurs­day for al­legedly shoot­ing a preg­nant woman dead and in­jur­ing her hus­band dur­ing a dis­pute in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Hu Ping, the po­lice­man from Ping­nan county, went to a rice noo­dle shop to buy food at about 10 pm on Oct 28, 2013, af­ter drink­ing al­co­hol. Prose­cu­tors told the court that Hu killed the fe­male shop owner, named Wu, and in­jured her hus­band, Cai Shiy­ong, af­ter ar­gu­ing with them.

Wu was five months preg­nant when she died.

Hu was ap­pre­hended by the po­lice the same day, and the po­lice chief of the county was sus­pended from his post as pun­ish­ment by lo­cal ju­di­cial au­thor­i­ties on Oct 31.

On Thurs­day, prose­cu­tors said that Hu de­serves to be se­ri­ously pun­ished be­cause he “has poor le­gal sense” and “feels priv­i­leged” and “has bul­lied the people”.

Hu broke crim­i­nal law by caus­ing death and in­jury by shoot­ing, and the ev­i­dence of his ac­tiv­i­ties was clear and suf­fi­cient, the prose­cu­tors said.

In his de­fense, Hu told the Guigang City Intermediate People’s Court that he did not feel priv­i­leged. He said that the vic­tim’s hus­band had tried to grab his pis­tol be­fore he pulled the trig­ger.

The prose­cu­tors said Hu fired to­ward the ceil­ing af­ter the shop­keeper told him that there was no milk tea on sale. He then fired an­other three times to­ward Wu and her hus­band — two shots hit Wu, in the head and hand, and the other hit her hus­band in the shoul­der, ac­cord­ing to the prose­cu­tors.

A phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion re­port made by Nan­ning No 5 Hospi­tal showed that Hu was drunk but in con­trol of his fac­ul­ties when the shoot­ing oc­curred.

The court did not is­sue a ver­dict im­me­di­ately.

Dur­ing the trial, Wu’s par­ents claimed com­pen­sa­tion of 1.23 mil­lion yuan ($202,800). The county govern­ment has al­ready paid 700,000 yuan in com­pen­sa­tion to Wu’s fam­ily.

The is­sue of com­pen­sa­tion raised con­cerns among the pub­lic, many people ques­tion­ing the le­gal­ity of the govern­ment spend­ing tax­payer money to com­pen­sate for an in­di­vid­ual’s wrong­do­ing.

The county govern­ment re­sponded that it was try­ing to help the vic­tim’s fam­ily get com­pen­sa­tion early as it takes a long time to file a law­suit.

The govern­ment said it would re­quire the sus­pect to re­pay the com­pen­sa­tion it pre-paid to the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

Chen Yiyang, Wu’s lawyer, said that be­fore the trial, the sus­pect’s fam­ily tried to of­fer eco­nomic com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim’s fam­ily in ex­change for their for­give­ness, but the of­fer was re­jected by Wu’s fam­ily.

Cai, the vic­tim’s hus­band, said he had to move his fam­ily out of the county af­ter the in­ci­dent be­cause he could not bear his grief, Bei­jing Youth Daily re­ported. Con­tact the writ­ers at an­bai­jie@chi­nadaily.com.cn and huoyan@chi­nadaily. com.cn

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