Lawyers Seek Public Help in Waitress Rape Case
Lawyers of a waitress who fatally stabbed a local Chinese Communist Party official after he made unwanted sexual advances is asking the public for help. The two lawyers hope they can quickly find forensic experts to help collect fingerprints or other forensic evidence, according to a recording posted by one of them on a web site.
The waitress, Deng Yujia, allegedly killed one official and injured another after refusing to provide sexual services at a hotel in Hubei Province, China, on May 10. She was arrested for murder by local police on May 18.
Deng is being detained in a mental hospital, according to a report by the Enshi City Television in Hubei Province —a report apparently broadcast due to a slip-up in the censorship controls. The report said Deng was confined to a bed with her four limbs tied down, and she did not show any emotion.
Deng claimed that the regime forced her to admit she is suffering from depression —in exchange for her life.
Her grandfather, a retired judge, told Beijing lawyer, Xu Zhiyong, that Deng was indeed raped and had bravely acted in self defense.
After visiting Deng for the second time in the Badong Detention Center on May 21, Deng’s lawyers Xia Lin and Xia Nan broke into tears, saying the Chinese regime is “totally devoid of conscience and human nature.”
The two lawyers then went to the County’s Party Secretary and the Procuratorate, to report the local police’s malfeasance. They also made an urgent request to the Badong County police station to seal forensic evidence of the case, including the bra and underpants Deng was wearing on May 10.
One lawyer, Xia Lin, recorded a statement that was posted on the Internet, asking for help in finding forensic expertise. “Can fingerprints or other forensic evidence left on a bra or underpants be detected or collected after 11 or 12 days?” the posting said.
“The location of the crime scene was in a mountain area in Southern China near the Yangzi River and was therefore somewhat humid, and the surface texture of the underpants and bra were pretty smooth. Please send out the message as soon as possible. Please, everyone.”
Deng's story has drawn other comments on the Internet. One Chinese blogger posted their own analysis of the incident, “First of all, the police were irresponsible in collecting forensic evidence of the crime scene. They neglected to collect or seal some evidence. Yet, ten days later they asked the victim to come up with her own material evidence.”
“Secondly, the local police changed their statements three times within ten days and the statements were inconsistent. They have obviously made changes to the advantage of the officials. Perhaps they have poor investigation skill, have been handling the case carelessly, or they were in favor of the officials.”
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