Beijing – The teenage son of two celebrity vocalists for the Chinese military was convicted of rape on Thursday and punished to 10 years in prison, in a case the public closely watched for signals of leniency because of his family ties.
Li Tianyi, 17, and four other defendants took an 18-year-old woman they met in a Beijing bar in February to a hotel room, where they trounce her and sexually assaulted her. Li had refuted the allegations at his test last month, saying he was intoxicated during the incident.
Only one of the defendants was an mature person. He pleaded not guilty but was punished to 12 years. Li, who also pleaded not at fault, was punished to 10 years, in what the court said was a penalty that took into account his minor rank. The other three — all of who pleaded guilty — were punished to three to four years.
judgments for rape commonly variety from three to 10 years, but in cases deemed critical — encompassing gang rapes and those causing serious injury or death — the judgments can range up to life in jail and even death.
Recorded on surveillance
The case focused vigilance on what the Chinese public often considers the wayward demeanour of young kids of the privileged. Li is the baby-faced child of Li Shuangjiang and Meng Ge, both celebrity military vocalists known for their rousing odes for the People’s Liberation armed detachment and starring functions in television galas.
The case furthermore had developed discussion of how Chinese enclosures would deal with violence in situations where the victim’s status had been called into inquiry. On Thursday, the court said accusations that the victim might be a prostitute were irrelevant to the rape case.
Li Tianyi said he was intoxicated and passed out throughout the occurrence, that he not ever trounce or had sex with the casualty and that he could remember little of the night in question, according to state newspapers.
But the Haidian court said Li was a major culprit, noting Li caught the victim’s arm and pulled her into the inn and that Li was seen hitting her head and face in an elevator as noted on surveillance.
he said Li claimed the woman to disrobe and when she denied, slapped her. It said Li was the first to force sex on the casualty.
Li had run into legal trouble before the rape conviction. After drubbing a couple following a collision in 2011, Li was dispatched to a work bivouac in the broadly publicized case.