Police are investigating claims that an official’s son beat a 24-year-old university graduate to death in Changsha, Hunan province after one of his dogs bit the victim and the two got into a dispute over compensation.
Student Xie Benzong was walking in a Changsha park on January 30 when he was bitten by two dogs belonging to Guo Bin, allegedly the son of a local official, Xinhua reported.
Guo took Xie to the hospital and gave him 300 yuan in compensation, but the hospital later informed the victim that his medical bill would be more than 1,000 yuan. Xie called the police and, according to an online post written by Xie’s girlfriend, the two men got into a physical fight. Guo allegedly struck Xie on the chest and head, knocking him out. Xie was taken to a hospital and died five days later.
Xie’s girlfriend posted this account to Weibo and stressed that Guo is “an official’s son”, a claim which police, who have referred to Guo as a “company employee”, deny.
The Changsha public security bureau said on Sunday that 32-year-old Guo is neither an official’s son nor a civil servant.
“Police immediately launched an investigation, and urged Guo to surrender on February 1. Guo was detained on the same day,” the bureau said. The statement left some web users questioning why Guo wasn’t arrested on January 30 but rather urged to surrender, a move that would lead to a lighter punishment.
A Changsha officer surnamed Wu told the Global Times yesterday that Guo is not an official’s son and that he had run away from the scene after beating Xie.
“The accusation is ridiculous. The suspect ran away. Police went to Guo’s home that day but failed to arrest him. Investigation and arrest takes time,” he said.
Xinhua reported that Guo’s family paid 840,000 yuan in compensation to Xie’s family. Investigation in the case is still ongoing.