Official Gets Off With Suspended Sentence After Girl Drowns in Prank

He Qifeng told local police what happened. (Screenshot/Sina News)
He Qifeng told local police what happened. (Screenshot/Sina News)

A political adviser visiting Guangdong Province grabbed an attractive 20-year-old woman he spotted at a reservoir and jumped in as a joke, but the girl died because she couldn’t swim. He Qifeng, 35, belongs to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference in Macau, and was holidaying in the mainland at the time. He handed himself in to local police, and then met with the girl’s parents who accepted around $626,000 in compensation. The case went to court, and He was sentenced to one and a half years in prison with a two-year suspension, according to Sina News. Bloggers responded angrily to the news, questioning why the sentence was so light. Translated research by Lulu and Mona.

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