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A man has been sentenced to 10 months in jail after his girlfriend was struck and killed by a motorist while trying to stop him from endangering his own life in the middle of a busy road.
The Guangzhou Baiyun People’s Court in South China’s Guangdong Province announced its verdict on 3rd December, saying the male suspect was found guilty of causing the traffic accident on 15th April this year.
It comes one month after footage of the incident was released and went viral online after it showed the boyfriend standing in the middle of a busy road while spreading his arms in an apparent attempt to be hit by a car.
His girlfriend, with whom he had been arguing, tries to stop him, but he elbows her in the midriff before she is fatally struck by a passing car shortly after, the video shows.
The boyfriend was charged with primary liability for causing the crash, while the motorist, surnamed Lin, would face lighter, secondary charges, the court said in its statement.
The main suspect was given a 10-month sentence with a one-year suspension.
A number of social media users believed the punishment was too lenient.
Netizen ‘Doujiang Dian Youtiao’ wrote: “Under a year for killing someone? The cost of crime is so low.”
‘Xiaozan Zhengpai Nvyou’ said: “That wasn’t an argument – it was murder!’
‘Zhaiafu Amao_’ added: “10 years? And a suspension? If he hadn’t elbowed her, she wouldn’t have squatted down and then been hit.”
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