Youth Beaten to Death By “Child of a Government Official”


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Hunan Youth Allegedly Beaten to Death by “Child of Government Official”, Suspect Apprehended

Xinhuanet Changsha February 8 report — On the night of the 7th, an internet post spread about a “Hunan Liling 24-year-old university student was beaten to death in Changsha by a second-generation government official civil servant”. This reporter learned from the Changsha municipal police on the 8th that police have already detained the criminal suspect Guo X and requested that the prosecutor’s office approve the arrest.

The internet posting claims that the 24-year-old victim Xie X was from Hunan province Liling county, and had graduated from university in 2013. On the afternoon of the January 30th, Xie X was bitten by two dogs in Changsha city Meixihu park. Police were involved to mediate. However, when the police left, the dogs’ owner “went crazy in beating up the victim, causing extremely serious damage to the victim’s head”, and on February 4th, Xie X died despite medical efforts. The internet posting also indicated that the assailant Guo X was a Changsha “civil servant” and “child of government officials”. The internet posting was filled with words and images, intensely worded, and quickly attracted attention.

This reporter attempted to contact the poster through the contact telephone number in the post, but the phone was never answered. On the 8th, this reporter obtained information from the Changsha police about what more or less happened in this incident: On the afternoon of January 30th, the victim Xie X was bitten at Meixihu Park by suspect Guo X’s dogs (Guo is a Changsha Safety Supervision Bureau employee). At around 5pm that day, at the front of the Yuelu district Guangshaling Hospital, the two had an argument over the issue of compensation, with Guo X beating Xie X before fleeing. After being examined by the hospital, Xie X had internal cranial hemorrhaging, and died on February 4th despite medical efforts.

With regards to the internet poster’s accusation that “the police use all sorts of reasons to not arrest the culprit afterward”, Changsha police replied that the their Yuelu sub-bureau had opened a case and began working on apprehending the culprit that very day, and through Guo X’s relatives, induced Guo X to surrender himself on February 1st. At present, police have already detained Guo X in accordance with the law, and as of the 6th have sought approval from the prosecutor’s office for his arrest.

As it is understood, after Guo X was apprehended, both sides under the supervision of the Justice Department have already come to an agreement. According to the agreement reached by both sides on February 5th, Guo X’s family will compensate the victim’s family for medical and other expenses totally approximately 840,000 yuan [RMB].

Changsha police indicate that people are equal before the law, and any person who violates the law must be punished by the law, so Changsha police will investigate and prosecute the suspect’s criminal liability in accordance with the law and regulations.

According to a separate report by Southern Metropolis Daily, a netizen recently posted information that Hunan Liling 24-year-old university student Xie Benzong was bitten by two dogs in Changsha Meixihu Park, demanded compensation from the dogs’ 31-year-old owner Guo Bin, and in the process was beaten until his skull was cracked by Guo Bin, later dying from his injuries despite medical efforts. Because the internet posting claimed Guo Bin was a “child of government officials”, it attracted widespread attention. Changsha’s Guanshaling police station confirmed today that Guo Bin had indeed beaten Xie Benzong over a dispute resulting in him dying from his injuries despite medical efforts, that the police have already apprehended him, and have applied for his arrest from the prosecutor’s office.

Today at noon, this Southern Metropolis Daily reporter contacted the internet post’s poster Wu Haiyu, who claims to have been Xie Benzong’s girlfriend. Wu Haiyu says that on the afternoon of January 30, Xie Benzong was bitten by two dogs while at the Changsha Meixihu Park, with wounds on both his left and right legs. When demands for compensation were hindered, Xie Benzong called the police, with the Guanshaling police station dispatching officers. Because both parties could not come to terms at the time, police soon left.

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Wu Haiyu claims the after the police left, Guo Bin, the owner of the dogs, refused to pay 600 yuan in compensation, and was preparing to drive away from the scene. Xie Benzong stood in front of Guo Bin’s car blocking the way. Infuriated, Guo Bin got out of the car and, in front of his own minor child, began beating Xie Benzong. After a heavy blow, Xie Benzong collapsed without getting back up. Guo Bin then viciously kicked Xie Benzong’s head and chest.

Afterward, Guo Bin drove away, while Xie Benzong was taken to the hospital by a friend who had rushed over. He was placed in the intensive care unit for his grave injuries and that night, the Guanshaling police station launched an investigation into this matter. On January 31st, doctors announced that Xie Benzong was brain dead, and announced his death on February 4th.

the Changsha Municipal Public Security’s official microblog @长沙警事 posted this afternoon: Around 5pm on January 30th, an intentional injury assault occurred in front of Changsha Hexi Guanshaling Hospital. Xie X (male, 24, from a city in Zhejiang province) was bitten by dogs owned by Guo X (male, 32, an employee of a Changsha city employer). A dispute occurred over the matter of compensation, in which Guo X injured Xie X and fled. Afterward, Xie X was taken to the hospital where medical efforts were unsuccessful resulting in his death on February 4th.

@长沙警事 indicated that after the incident, the Changsha Municipal Public Security Bureau’s Yuelu Sub-Bureau immediately opened an investigation and sough to apprehend the suspect, successfully compelling Guo X to surrender himself to authorities on February 1st, and on the same day detaining him. After Xie X’s death, police immediately organized relatives from both parties inviting them before judicial authorities to negotiate a settlement, with a compensation agreement being reached on February 5th. As of February 6th, police have already sought approval from the prosecutor’s office for the arrest of suspect Guo X.

With regards to the so-called “child of government officials” issue, Guanshaling police state that Guo Bin is an ordinary worker and that the police are enforcing the law fairly. Moreover, according to Xie Benzong’s girlfriend, Guo Bin’s party voluntarily compensated Xie Benzong’s family 840,000 yuan.

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安德烈耶娃我不能放弃原则 [网易上海市网友]:

Netizens must be given an explanation. Public security organs should not discriminate, with everyone equal before the law.

网易云南省昆明市手机网友 ip:117.136.*.*

Surrendering means he can’t be given the death penalty. And they say worked [to apprehend him]. More like they gave him a chance [to avoid the death penalty].

forrestpan [网易北京市网友]:

Looks like it was definitely the child of a government official.

网易河北省邢台市手机网友 ip:218.11.*.*

They could’ve apprehended him immediately, but they refused to do so, and instead persuaded him to surrender himself. This is all so that his sentencing can be more lenient. Talk about really looking out for him. The conclusion: Because of surrendering himself and proactively compensating the victim, he will be convicted of the crime of accidental injury resulting in death, sentenced to three years, with a reprieve of two years; or perhaps the crime of creating a disturbance (and the victim died from a sudden heart attack or stroke), sentenced to one year of detainment. 840,000 is just a single day’s worth of income for his father. Fuck, a person’s death beautifully handled.

kerrylhs [网易河南省安阳市网友]:

If it weren’t for the internet’s oversight, we would really never know the result of this!

网易广东省广州市手机网友 ip:14.30.*.*

The assailant should pay with his life, as no amount of money can purchase back the university student’s life. Otherwise, this society will forever without limit have people with money and power harming the lives of others as they please.

大吴越国护国公 [网易浙江省杭州市手机网友]:

Not apprehending him and instead having the child of a government official to surrender is lessen his crime/sentencing.

番茄炒蛋儿 [网易浙江省温州市手机网友]:

Not going out to apprehend him and instead “persuading” him to surrender, talk about touching one’s emotions [being considerate for the suspect].

网易湖南省娄底市网友 ip:175.2.*.*

“Changsha police replied that the their Yuelu sub-bureau had opened a case and began working on apprehending the culprit that very day, and through Guo X’s relatives, induced Guo X to surrender himself on February 1st.”

Such a vicious crime, why didn’t they immediately apprehend him instead of persuading him to surrender? Is it so that he can fully exploit his “surrender” [to lessen his punishment]?

自由皮卡 [网易重庆市江北区网友]:

A crime committed on January 30th, with January 31st completely wasted, and inducing him to turn himself in on February 1st. Whatever the case, it can be said he surrendered, and thus be given lenience.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • Escalante

    “Property is 9/10 of the law.” There is little room for justice.

  • mr.wiener

    What is the quote from “Devil’s advocate” ? …Acquittal, after acquittal after acquittal until the stink from the system can even be smelt in heaven….[I think it’s that?]
    I’ll wait and see before I pass judgement… but as seen above, the Chinese netizins are looking at this with an extremely jaundiced eye.

  • Luke the Duke

    So netizens can’t stand those people who use injuries or accidents as an opportunity to beg for money… unless they are begging money from a rich kid, in which case it’s all fair game.

    • mr.wiener

      I think they’re more pissed off that the guy was beaten to death and the authorities seem to have gone out of their way to help the killer. In this case getting him to surrender himself apparently allows him to avoid the death penalty.
      This is not a done deal of course… now that this case is in the public eye the killer might not be able to wiggle off the hook, but for every case that someone with influence is bought under internet scrutiny there are many cases that are not.

      • Ken Morgan

        I dunno they might make an example of him so even though many escape with minor repercussions they treat this person exceptionally harshly.

        • David

          He killed the guy over 600 Yuan when HE was in the wrong. I do not think it is possible in a realistic way to deal with him too harshly. I am sure some may feel the death penalty is too hard (that is their opinion), but I would have no problem if it proves out the way it is presented here.

          • Irvin

            He’s just stupid, with this much power, if he had some patience, he could have really fucked up the other dude without repercussion.

          • David

            True, or he could have done the sane thing and paid the 600 RMB. lol

          • Irvin

            I didn’t say he shouldn’t pay it, I’m just saying he could’ve learn something from “I’m the one that shall have the last laugh” philosophy of conflict resolution.

            Choose our battles and battleground wisely and we can never lose, by choosing to resolve the conflict where he’s at, he’s playing at the other guy’s home court, even if you win you’ll still get boo.

  • Zappa Frank

    maybe someone can enlighten me… why the guy that got bitted by the dog asked money.. can’t he sue the other guy? why to look for a private agreement if the other doesn’t want to and even if he got the agreement what does prevent him to sue the other guy anyway?.. the same can be said for the payment of 840.000 to the family of the dead guy. I know that things work in this way in china, but what is not clear to me is why? there are no other legal way if someone doesn’t find an agreement?

    • JayJay

      This is a result of the lack of rule of law. There is no ambulance chasers in this country, cause people like it done privately. The courts in China are a joke.

    • Ken Morgan

      Similar things happen in the UK. You get a minor bump in the car rather than go through insurance some people will negotiate there and then as it tends to be cheaper. The thing is claiming on others’ insurance is essentially sueing them. Your insurance merely indemnifies you.

      • Zappa Frank

        ok that is clear. but we are. talking about an agreement not reached (the guy bited by the dog ) or something that is not a minor damage

    • Poodle Tooth

      600 sounds pretty reasonable for the requisite doctor visit after a dog bite, and that’s on the assumption the dogs weren’t rabid.

    • Kai

      He could, but it would probably cost more time and money than it may be worth, as is the case with most small claims.

      He resorted to formal legal channels when negotiations apparently broke down (if the other guy entertained negotiating at all), by calling the police.

      As @ClausRasmussen:disqus recently argued, police in China do prefer to mediate private settlements in many things rather than opening a case and directing people to go to the courts. I believe he made persuasive arguments for why this isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. So, the police came and tried to mediate.

      I, like @markushavemann:disqus, also find the article’s narrative of the police leaving after the two couldn’t reach an agreement to be weird but I’m going to presume we’re just missing details here that would explain it for the moment.

      So anyway, if the police can’t mediate a private settlement, the police can be requested to document the incident, which would then be used as evidence in a lawsuit if one pursues one.

      The 840,000 sounds like a civil settlement and the cops are promising to continue with their criminal prosecution.

      • Zappa Frank

        ok clear. still if I understood correctly to reach a private agreement and to have police that works as moderator is a custom, not enforced by any law. If that is the case it may have its good points, but is not part of the legal system. Seems to me that usually modern countries get ride of this kind of customs

        • Kai

          Right, private settlement isn’t enforced by any law though you could have the settlement be enforceable if it is in writing, but yeah, obviously private settlement isn’t an official “part of the legal system”.

          I’m not sure I’d say modern countries get rid of private settlements as a “custom”. It isn’t really a “custom” as it is just often the most expedient and usually cost-effective means to settle a civil matter. This stuff is pretty limited to situations where settlement amounts are generally low and able to be immediately executed.

          • Zappa Frank

            the agreement for refunding the family of the dead guy is a private settlement?
            i wonder if nothing is written down why people dont sue anyway later to get more money..

          • Kai

            If the private settlement is documented, it makes it difficult for you to later sue for the same thing.

            For example, if you and another scooter collide on the street causing a bit of damage and you pay the guy 100 kuai as compensation but leave it at that, theoretically the guy could hunt you down and sue you for more.

            If, however, you guys sign a piece of paper detailing the settlement, you now have documented evidence to protect you against being sued for the same thing.

            The 840k settlement probably involves a signed agreement, making it essentially a civil contract. Plus, the fact that it has been overseen by judicial authorities and is documented in the media probably also makes it unlikely the victim’s family can sue for more later.

          • Zappa Frank

            this is not the same according to every country’s law. If there is no official mediation the piece of paper in some country (like mine) means less than zero since is not recognized by the court. I guess this is not the same in china. The question about sue again was for the first case, where apparently was just a ‘give me money’ without any paper.

          • Kai

            I imagine a piece of paper detailing the terms of a settlement would be protected under contract law but I’m not familiar with Italy’s laws so I’ll take your word for it.

            Yeah, in the first instance without documentation, the victim could theoretically sue again and claim he was never compensated. Of course, he’d then have to prove his case that he is owed compensation and that the defendant is the person who owes him.

          • Zappa Frank

            the piece of paper if not endorsed by a notary doesn’t have much value usually (there are some laws that are changing recently, and yes that is one of the reasons why we drown in bureaucracy) , I mean I can sign and all but who can guarantee the correctness of the agreement according to laws? what if I deny I have ever agreed or read the paper or I say I’ve been cheated and so on? a paper signed between two people usually need a third part that work as mediator to make it valid (again, I mean in my home country)

  • Amused

    In most places the people have themselves a country. In China a country has itself a people. Its rather interesting that no matter how many instances of bullshit privilege and lack of law like this that are rubbed in the people’s faces, they never seem to grasp the nature of the situation.

    • mr.wiener

      Except every 150 years or so… but things tend to happen much faster than they used to.

      • Amused

        Well, lets hope for everyone’s sakes that it never comes to that again. Too much at stake for the entire world. I think they’ll transition successfully given time, but “incidents” like this put a real bloody nose on the situation.

        • David

          True and what is good for the survival of a country is not always good for the people as individuals. This is why many citizens have adapted the “Get what I can get when the getting is good” attitude and seem to have no faith in long term honesty or competence in the government. When a situation presents itself, get as much money as you can and hopefully it will carry you through the bad times.

    • Chaz

      Nah…it’s ok for Chinamen to beat the crap out of Chinamen. Just don’t ever be an outsider selling them heroin or sacking their summer palaces…

      • James

        Nah…it’s ok for American to beat the crap out of American. Just don’t ever be an outsider selling them heroin or blowing up their Twin Towers…

        • David

          No, when Americans blow our stuff up we still don’t like it. Ask Timothy McVeigh, oh wait, you can’t because we killed him. Trollish comment.

      • Chris McKenna

        It’s kind of ironic that the modern Chinese government bring up the destruction of the summer palace. I was reading the other day that may historians think that it was in a large part responsible for the fall of the old Chinese dynasties. People go to see that their leader were fragile and faulty – which in turn brought revolution and then the communists (a very short summary of a long article).

  • FYIADragoon

    I’m surprised to see an error from Fauna. You mistook 海 (hai) for a mei (每?) in the girlfriend’s name in this paragraph:

    Wu Meiyu [HERE] claims the after the police left, Guo Bin, the owner of the dogs, refused to pay 600 yuan
    in compensation, and was preparing to drive away from the scene. Xie
    Benzong stood in front of Guo Bin’s car blocking the way. Infuriated,
    Guo Bin got out of the car and, in front of his own minor child, began
    beating Xie Benzong. After a heavy blow, Xie Benzong collapsed without
    getting back up. Guo Bin then viciously kicked Xie Benzong’s head and

    Also, with netizen coverage on the incident, I assume he gets life in prison. Probably was maneuvering for a short sentence before it exploded though.

  • Markus Havemann

    in my opinion the oddest part of the whole story is that one proceeding the beating: “Xie Benzong called the police, with the Guanshaling police station
    dispatching officers. Because both parties could not come to terms at
    the time, police soon left.” The police left, because the parties could not come to terms? Is this not exactly the reason why you call for police, because you can’t come to terms about something? If the police would only come if the parties manage themselves why bother calling the police anyway? Imagine an ongoing kidnapping, the kidnapper and the people he is blackmailing can’t come to terms about the ransom, so the police “soon leaves”?

  • Free Man

    Modern division of powers: executive, legislative, judikative and the internetive. Netizens making sure the police, politicians, and judges don’t fool around.

    Actually that sounds like the way forward. Try to bribe the internet. Or force it to shut up. Or put it in education camps.

    • David

      Welcome to China.

  • Mighty曹

    It’s just wrong to get bitten by dogs then die from a beating by the owners.

  • this is what i call a china smack

  • Karze

    Li Xiaolin daughter of Li Peng former Premier of China has secret Swiss bank account worth $US 2.4 million