Tangshan attack: Chinese man sentenced to 24 years for brutal restaurant assault on women

Chen Jizhi, along with four other defendants, were found guilty of violently assaulting four women with chairs, bottles, punches and kicks at a barbecue restaurant in June, after one of the woman rejected a sexual advance made by Chen, a local court in Hebei province said Friday.

A fifth defendant was found guilty of threatening one of the victims against calling the police.

The court ruled that Chen was the ringleader of a criminal gang that had committed a series of crimes over the past decade. He was convicted on charges including picking quarrels and provoking trouble, robbery, opening casinos, illegal detention of others, intentional injury, and fined 320,000 yuan.

The court also sentenced 27 other defendants to prison terms ranging from six months to 11 years for their involvement in the crimes.

Two of the women suffered “second-degree minor injuries,” while the other two had “slight injuries,” according to the court.

The attack drew public attention after harrowing surveillance…

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