Details emerge on PLA singer's son suspected of gang rape

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 24 February, 2013, 5:21am

More details surfaced yesterday of the detention of the 17-year-old son of a celebrity PLA Army tenor as a suspect in a gang rape.

Li Guanfeng, formerly known as Li Tianyi and the son of PLA Art Academy tenor Li Shuangjiang, 74, is suspected along with four other men of taking a drunken woman to Beijng's Hubei Hotel early last Monday, where she was allegedly gang-raped, the Legal Evening News reports.

"The girl looked young and was so drunk that she was almost unconscious," a Hubei Hotel staff member told the newspaper.

Hotel staff had asked that only the girl be checked into the room because the room was opened with her ID, but the men insisted they would leave after sending her to the room. A hotel worker went to the room later to remind the men to leave, but did not enforce hotel policy because the worker was convinced they were friends and "there were so many people in the room".

The five men left the hotel after about an hour.

The newspaper said the victim was not a Beijing native and denied online rumours that she was a minor.

According to a statement by police in Beijing's Haidian district, a woman reported to police on Tuesday that she had been taken to a hotel and gang-raped after drinking with a man named Li. Police detained Li and three of his accomplices in the car park of a hotel on Wednesday for criminal investigation.

The newspaper report said not all of the five suspects were minors and an online rumour that some were friends he met at a delinquent-reform centre was not true.

Li's arrest came just months after he was released after spending a year at the reform centre for assaulting a couple near his Beijing home. Li, who was then only 15 and was driving without a licence, crashed a BMW into another car and then attacked the couple while shouting: "Who dares call the police?"

Mainland microbloggers were livid at Li's behaviour, with many calling him a spoiled teen.