A waitress who stabbed one official to death and wounded another has been convicted but set free, AFP reported. Deng Yujiao claimed she attacked the two men after they tried to force her to go to a sauna with them for sex. Although she was originally detained for suspicion of murder, a death penalty offence, the court charged her with intentional assault. She was found guilty of the charge but the court declined to punish her on grounds of "diminished responsibility" since the official had made a "serious mistake." Deng’s case received wide attention on the Chinese internet and 500 hundred of her supporters gathered outside the courthouse. While they were not allowed to attend the trial, one Beijing human rights lawyer said that the verdict was largely due to the large amount of public interest in the verdict.
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