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“Zhao bul­lied and in­sulted me. I only set the fire to at­tract at­ten­tion.”

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWOCENTS -

So said a woman sur­named Li who rented an apart­ment from a woman sur­named Zhao in Dax­ing District. Li had wanted to can­cel her ren­tal agree­ment to get back some money af­ter her cloth­ing busi­ness failed. But Zhao did not agree. Later, when Li was mov­ing a bed out of the apart­ment to sell it, Zhao saw and got up­set. The two quar­reled, and Li threw the bed frame and base from the stair­case of the sec­ond floor. She then lay on the ground and re­peat­edly banged her head on the floor. When Zhao went to call the po­lice, Li darted back to the apart­ment and set fire to a quilt in the bed­room. The fire caused an eco­nomic loss of more than 14,000 yuan ($2,029). The Bei­jing Sec­ond In­ter­me­di­ate Peo­ple’s Court re­cently sen­tenced Li to three years and two months in prison for ar­son. (Source: The Bei­jing Morn­ing Post)

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