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Chinese bureaucratic mix-up means motorist jailed for killing pedestrian has yet to start sentence

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 August, 2016, 2:13pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 August, 2016, 2:44pm

A Chinese motorist jailed for two years for killing a pedestrian has yet to start her prison term more than 18 months after the accident because of a bureaucratic mix-up involving courts and security officials, mainland media report.

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Pang Jing was driving in Zhanqian district in the city of Yingkou, in Liaoning province, in January 2015 when she collided with Ren Yanhua, who later died from her injuries, the Legal Evening News reported.

Yingkou’s Zhanqian District People’s Court jailed Pang for two years in December 2015 after she was convicted of causing the accidental death of Ren.

Although Pang appealed against the sentence, the verdict was upheld by Yingkou City Intermediate People’s Court in March 2016, the report said.

Yet four months later, with different courts and security officials all blaming each other for the delay – she has yet to start her sentence.

When Peng was sent to Yingkou’s public security bureau detention house to start her jail term after losing her appeal, officials refused to admit her on three separate occasions because she was suffering from severe hypertension.

Pang began being treated for hypertension two months after the accident and later received nearly seven months’ treatment at Yingkou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

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One hospital expense invoice covering a 23-day stay ending on January 21, 2016, showed Pang was only prescribed medicine costing 4 yuan (HK$ 4.67) during that time. All the fees for her treatment, including the cost of her accommodation, heating and nursing were covered by her medical insurance.

Officials at the security bureau said they were prepared to detain Pang if and when the district or intermediate courts sent her there to begin her sentence.

Yet a bureaucratic mix-up means the intermediate court claims the responsibility for imposing Pang’s jail sentence rests with the district court, while the district court says the security bureau should be responsible for imposing her sentence.

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The district court claimed a Liaoning Provincial Higher People’s Court document stated that the security bureau should be responsible for the custody of all people placed in custody only after sentencing.

However, the security bureau claimed that the Yingkou Procuratorate had already ordered city traffic police to send all the documentation ordering Pang’s detention to the district court so that it could impose the original sentence.

Ren’s daughter, who was not named in the report, told the newspaper she was angry that Pang had still not been jailed and that the courts and security bureau were passing the blame for the delay on to each other.