Judgment of the second instance in the case of sexual assault on young girls in Henan Province: 1 person was sentenced to death and 1 person was sentenced to death with reprieve

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 Judgment of the second instance in the case of sexual assault on young girls in Henan Province: 1 person was sentenced to death and 1 person was sentenced to death with reprieve


The Kaifeng Intermediate Peoples Court of Henan Province tried the case of the accused Zhao Zhiyong, Li Na, Liu Hongyang, Zhou Hexin raping, organizing, forcing prostitution and assisting in organizing prostitution according to law. On October 23, 2018, it handed down a judgment that the accused Zhao Zhiyong committed rape, sentenced to death and deprived of political rights for life; the accused Li Na committed rape, organizing and forcing prostitution and sentenced to death. The defendant Liu Hongyang was sentenced to 18 yearsimprisonment for rape, forced prostitution and assisting in organizing prostitution, deprived of political rights for four years and fined 40,000 yuan for four years; the defendant Zhou Hexin was convicted of rape, sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and deprived of political rights for four years. u3002 The defendants, Li Na and Liu Hongyang, confiscated one car and five mobile phones used by Li Na for their crimes and turned them over to the state treasury by the seizure organ. After the first instance was pronounced, Li Na pleaded not to appeal, while Zhao Zhiyong, Liu Hongyang and Zhou Hexin pleaded not to appeal.

On December 20, 2018, the Higher Peoples Court of Henan Province heard the case in private according to law. The trial of Henan Provincial Higher Peoples Court found that from May 2015 to January 2017, Zhao Zhiyong knew that many victims were young girls or forced by Li Na and others to have sexual relations with them many times. Li Na used violence and coercion to force many victims to have sexual relations with Zhao Zhiyong and Zhou Hexin on many occasions. Liu Hongyang knows that many of the victims are young girls or forced to have sexual relations with others by Li Na and others, but he still drives many times to pick them up. Zhou Hexin knows that many of the victims are still having sexual relations with their young girls. The Henan Provincial Higher Peoples Court held that the facts of the first instance judgment that the Appellants Zhao Zhiyong, Liu Hongyang, Zhou Hexin and the defendants Li Na committed rape, organization, forced prostitution and assisting in organizing prostitution were clear, the evidence was accurate, the conviction was accurate, the sentencing was appropriate and the trial procedure was legitimate. Zhao Zhiyong, Liu Hongyang and Zhou Hexins reasons for appeal are not accepted. Henan Peoples Procuratorates procuratorial opinions were adopted and the above judgment was made. Source: responsible editor of Xinhua News Agency: Li Wan_B11284

On December 20, 2018, the Higher Peoples Court of Henan Province heard the case in private according to law. The trial of Henan Provincial Higher Peoples Court found that from May 2015 to January 2017, Zhao Zhiyong knew that many victims were young girls or forced by Li Na and others to have sexual relations with them many times. Li Na used violence and coercion to force many victims to have sexual relations with Zhao Zhiyong and Zhou Hexin on many occasions. Liu Hongyang knows that many of the victims are young girls or forced to have sexual relations with others by Li Na and others, but he still drives many times to pick them up. Zhou Hexin knows that many of the victims are still having sexual relations with their young girls.

The Henan Provincial Higher Peoples Court held that the facts of the first instance judgment that the Appellants Zhao Zhiyong, Liu Hongyang, Zhou Hexin and the defendants Li Na committed rape, organization, forced prostitution and assisting in organizing prostitution were clear, the evidence was accurate, the conviction was accurate, the sentencing was appropriate and the trial procedure was legitimate. Zhao Zhiyong, Liu Hongyang and Zhou Hexins reasons for appeal are not accepted. Henan Peoples Procuratorates procuratorial opinions were adopted and the above judgment was made.