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Li Tianyi Guilty of Gang Rape: Sentenced 10 Years in Prison

[]Li Tianyi's mother Meng Ge in court to hear the verdict and sentencing of her son.
Li Tianyi receives 10 years for rape, [mother] Meng Ge appears at sentencing.
Li Tianyi's mother Meng Ge in court to hear the verdict and sentencing of her son.
Li Tianyi receives 10 years for rape, (mother) Meng Ge appears at sentencing.

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Li Tianyi Convicted of Rape, Sentenced to 10 Years of Prison

ChinaNews September 26 report — According to information from the official Beijing Court weibo “京法网事”, the Beijing Haidian Court publicly pronounced the sentence in the gang rape case involving five defendants including Li X this morning. The court believes that the truth of the five defendants having committed the crime of rape is clear, that the evidence is sufficient, the criminal charge stands, and the actions of the five defendants constitute gang rape.

The court believes: Defendants Li X, Wang X, Wei X (elder brother), Zhang X, and Wei X (younger brother) violated the will of the woman, jointly used violence to rape the woman, and that their actions uniformly constitute gang rape. The facts of the rape charge of the Beijing Municipal Haidian District People’s Prosecutor’s Office against the five defendants are clear, the evidence indeed sufficient, and the criminal charge holds. The five defendants’ actions constitute gang rape, caused harm to the victim both physically and mentally, its very nature vile, of great harm to society, and should be punished in accordance with the law. The indecent acts done to the victim during the crime should be viewed as part of the overall criminal act of rape, and was taken into consideration in the sentencing.

2013 September 19, the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau Haidian Sub-Bureau received a female victim’s reporting of a crime. According to the female victim’s claims, on the night of February 17th, after drinking with Li X and company in a nightclub/bar in Haidian district, she was taken to a hotel and gang-raped. February 20th, after the Haidian Public Security Sub-Bureau launched an investigation, it arrested the 5 people involved including Li X. The 5 people were then detained as criminals under suspicion of rape. July 8th, Haidian prosecutors publicly charged the five defendants including Li X on suspicion of rape.

August 28, the case of five people including Li X suspected of rape went to trial in the Haidian Court #17 courtroom, with the trial lasting two days. Because the case involved minors and individual privacy, according to legal regulations, the court lawfully did not make public the trial. During the trial, the victim Yang X did not appear in court due to her poor mental and physical condition.

Crowds outside the Beijing court in support of the gang rape victim's lawyer on the morning where the verdict/sentencing was publicly announced in the controversial Li Tianyi gang rape case..
Photo is of the masses outside the court supporting the victim’s lawyer.

Meng Ge, the mother of Li Tianyi, arriving at court to hear the sentencing of her son in a controversial gang rape case.Meng Ge, the mother of Li Tianyi, arriving at court to hear the sentencing of her son in a controversial gang rape case.

Defense lawyers Lan He and Chen Shu were beseiged by media outside the court at the sentencing of the defendents in the controversial Li Tianyi gang rape case.Defense lawyers Lan He and Chen Shu were beseiged by media outside the court at the sentencing of the defendents in the controversial Li Tianyi gang rape case.

Defense lawyers Lan He and Chen Shu were beseiged by media outside the court at the sentencing of the defendents in the controversial Li Tianyi gang rape case.
Lawyers Lan He and Chen Shu were besieged outside the court.

Comments on NetEase (1 & 2):

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网易山东省青岛市网友 ip:221.215.*.*:

The Haidian Court is worth being known as “old name” [established, renown, reputable] court, upholding [justice] when put to the test [by the influence of people with power] in a key moment. No matter who it is, those who commit crimes must receive punishment and those who vainly attempt to interfere with the judicial process, the only people who lose must be themselves.

SeptLeather [网易陕西省西安市网友]:

This can still be considered just/fair. Meng Ge [Li Tianyi‘s mother] smug wishful calculations have been ruined.

网易河北省石家庄市网友 ip:121.28.*.*:

Guilty and deserved punishment. The law protects minors but definitely will not protect minor criminals.

网易广西南宁市网友 ip:180.143.*.*:

Tianyi’s current situation cannot be divorced from his parents’ upbringing. I hope this case gives his parents a bit of a wake-up call, that spoiling a child is definitely not truly loving a child.

网易江苏省常州市网友 ip:222.185.*.*:

This child is incorrigible, always strutting around blustering. His previous case of assault was savage enough and this time he’s truly overplayed his hand that no one can cover it up for him. Better go in and reflect hard on yourself.

网易河北省石家庄市网友 ip:121.28.*.*:

Everyone take this as a warning, those who are parents must pay more attention to their child. Don’t just focus on making money, don’t wait until it’s too late!!!

网易安徽省合肥市网友 ip:223.240.*.*:

The verdict/sentencing of this case is just and transparent. Although it is just an ordinary rape case, it is still progress for China’s judicial system.

网易河南省郑州市网友 ip:219.147.*.*:

The sentencing of the Li X case reflects the problem of parents spoiling their children. I hope parents can properly guide their children’s life values.

网易辽宁省葫芦岛市网友 ip:59.45.*.*:

Young people are the hope of out homeland’s future. Spend more efforts in learning knowledge and developing skills, don’t let cleverness overreach itself [be too smart for one’s own good]!

网易江苏省南京市手机网友 [nanjingxp]:

10 years.

清风泛舟 [网易广东省佛山市网友]: (responding to above)

Actually, even sentencing him to 20 years wouldn’t be satisfying enough. However, it is gratifying enough that he was judged as guilty.

网易北京市网友 [大中华区跟贴局局长]: (responding to above)

The people of the capital city send their congratulations [rejoice]!

网易山西省晋中市网友 [大丈夫比天高]: (responding to above)

The people of Shandong send their congratulations!

网易广东省广州市网友 [好好哥俩]: (responding to above)

The people of Guangdong send their congratulations!

网易海南省海口市网友 [淫民日报日淫民]: (responding to above)

The people of Haikou send their congratulations!

庄子和孔子 [网易四川省南充市网友]: (responding to above)

The people of Sichuan send their congratulations!

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