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Man gets life sentence for stabbing doctors (2)

By Zhou Huiying, Wang Qingyun (China Daily)

10:09, October 20, 2012

"Li misunderstood the doctor's advice, and bought a knife beforehand to vent his dissatisfaction. He killed and hurt several medical workers ... and caused serious danger to society. The court does not accept the argument that the hospital made mistakes and that Li's sentence should be lightened," the court said in a written statement after announcing the verdict.

It also dismissed the argument that Li gave himself up to police because he fled the scene and did not inform the police. The statement said that on the day of the murder, Li returned to the hospital for treatment of injuries and one of the victims saw him and called the police.

Li could not be given the death sentence as he was under 18 when he committed the crime, the statement said.

Li's uncle, Li Chunming, said he did not agree with the court's verdict of life imprisonment, and plans to appeal.

Li Chunming said he was sorry for what his nephew did, but the family is unable to pay the compensation.

Lawyer Li Fangping said the family owes tens of thousands of yuan in debt.

Li Huijuan, a lawyer for the victims, said: "We knew from the start that his family was not able to pay, and we haven't expected them to. The compensation claim is more of a comfort to the victims' families. But it cannot compensate for their loss."

Days after the murder, Ling Feng, head of the neurosurgery department at Beijing-based Xuanwu Hospital, said in an interview with China Central Television that the attack reflects the seriousness of the mistrust between hospitals and patients. "The confrontation between hospitals and patients has many causes. The lapse of government policies, the misleading reports by news media, the lack of trust in society, the widened income gap, the lack of human care from some doctors, and the lack of related legal prescriptions are all to blame for the confrontation," said Ling.

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