Ex- of­fi­cers sen­tenced in man’s death

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By FENG ZHI­WEI in Chang­sha and XU WEI in Bei­jing

Four for­mer ur­ban pa­trol of­fi­cers in Chen­zhou, Hu­nan prov­ince, were con­victed of in­ten­tional in­jury, and one was sen­tenced to a max­i­mum of 11 years in prison, for the death of a wa­ter­melon ven­dor in July.

Deng Zhengjia, the ven­dor from Linwu county in Chen­zhou, died af­ter a vi­o­lent clash with the of­fi­cers on July 17.

The four were charged with in­ten­tional in­jury at a court in neigh­bor­ing Yongxing county on Wed­nes­day, and all were con­victed. Liao Yongchang, the prin­ci­pal de­fen­dant, got 11 years in prison, the court said.

The three oth­ers — Yuan Cheng, Luo Weip­ing and Xia Jiyu — were sen­tenced to six years, four years and three­and-a-half years.

Deng Qingqiang, son of the ven­dor, was “very dis­sat­is­fied” with the verdict and said he would ap­peal it.

“My fa­ther’s death hurts our fam­ily greatly. How­ever, the four who were re­spon­si­ble are only fac­ing light pun­ish­ments. I will ap­peal un­til the mur­der­ers re­pay their lives for my fa­ther’s death,” he said.

He Wei, at­tor­ney for Liao Yongchang, said they had not yet de­cided whether to ap­peal.

Ac­cord­ing to the verdict, the four had con­flicts with Deng and his wife as they as­sumed their du­ties on the morn­ing of July 17 and Deng’s wife ver­bally attacked them. Deng then used the bar of his scale to jab at Liao Yongchang, which ig­nited a brawl be­tween the two par­ties.

The court said the four beat Deng, who later died of a brain hem­or­rhage and that their be­hav­ior could be termed in­ten­tional in­jury.

Liao Yongqiang and Yuan Cheng were named the prin­ci­pal de­fen­dants in the case.

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