The victim’s husband Yang Wu crying in despair
By Ivan Shi
A female migrant worker was physically and sexually assaulted by a public security guard at home in Shenzhen while her husband went into hiding in a room next door during the hour-long ordeal. The victim Wang Juan (not her real name), 29, is now suffering from mental illness, and has refused to eat or drink for half of a month. She has attempted suicide by slitting her wrists.
Her husband Yang Wu (pseudonym) runs an appliance repair shop on the ground floor of their home in Shenzhen’s Baoan district, where they live with their four children (including two from a previous marriage).
The 31-year-old told Southern Metropolitan News that although he only earned some 1000 RMB a month, having to tighten his belt and being bullied, he managed to get through the days.
Then the tragedy, which happened after 8pm on October 23, changed their lives forever.
An intoxicated Yang Xili broke into their house with two well-built men, shouting, “I will have you lot dead!”
Yang Xili is a member of the local security defence team, which assists police in patrolling the neighbourhood. Nobody dares to stand up to him when he shows up, beating people and smashing cars, said Yang Wu of the man.
Yang immediately found himself refuge in the storage room. Wang went over to intervene when Yang Xili was destroying the furniture with a metal pipe.
Yang Xili grabbed her hair and violently pushed her against a table. The more she struggled, the fiercer his physical violence became.
He could be heard shouting, “There is no use to call the police. I’m a member of the security defence team. The police are my mates!”
Yang’s mother, 76, told the paper that she and Yang’s 13-year-old daughter were kicked out of the house. Yang Xili asked his companions to stand guard outside preventing anyone from entering the premise.
Yang witnessed his wife getting raped while he was hiding just two metres away from the scene.
“I really wanted to get out and cut down the bastard with a knife,” he said.
But he could not do so because he had four children to bring up, and a 76-year-old mother who needed him. “What will happen to them if I’m in jail for murder? I can’t let this family break into pieces.”
Yang called the 110 police hotline after about an hour. The police appeared within a few minutes and arrested Yang Xili.
Wang was sent to the hospital for treatment. They came home within 10 hours of staying because they could not afford hospitalisation.
Yang’s mother berated him for being “a useless husband and a useless son”. The elderly woman kneeled down in front of her daughter-in-law to beg for her forgiveness.
Yang revealed that while the alleged attacker Yang Xili was held in custody, they had been subject to harassment by his relatives who demanded that they withdrew the lawsuit.
In a tape recording provided by Yang, the brother of Yang Xili was heard loudly cursing and threatening him. “Your family will all die.”
“When he walks out after some years in prison, no one can guarantee the safety of your children,” he further warned. “His wife has run away anyway. He’s got nothing left. You go figure.”
Yang can be heard in the background, negotiating and requesting meekly that his family not be hurt.
Yang Xili’s mother was verbally abusive when she brought her grandson to Yang Wu’s house. Holding litigation documents, she shouted, “Shameless woman! How dare you falsely accuse my son of rape after you seduced him!”
“You have been raped. And you’re making it publicly known. Do you know no shame?”
In fear of reprisals, Yang went to the police station requesting that the case be closed. He was scolded and asked back home by the police.
It is understood that Yang Xili was a temporary employee with Xixiang subdistrict Bureau of Security Services. His team leader Zhong Sixian said that the superiors could not do anything about his misbehaviour, though he had received many complaints against him. He believed that the authority held no responsibility for his crimes as he was “a temp” and the incident happened out of working hours.
He revealed to the paper that it had been decided that Yang Xili be sacked after he was found drinking. However, he could not be reached, thus his uniform, metal pipe and other properties had not be confiscated.