Chinese gets life sentence for killing traffic police

Beijing, Dec 29 (IANS) A Chinese court on Tuesday handed down a life sentence to a motorist for killing a traffic police officer.

A Shanghaicourt sentenced Sun Haojie, 32, to life imprisonment and deprived him of political rights, Xinhua reported.

Sun was driving a BMW SUV when he was stopped by officer Mao Shengquan, 32, for crossing the stop line at a busy junction in Shanghai’s downtown district on March 11.

Sun did not reverse, but instead positioned himself for a U-turn. When the light turned green, Sun stepped hard on the car’s accelerator, hitting Mao. The officer died of brain injuries in hospital that night.

Sun later turned himself over to police.

At the trial which opened on August 19, he denied the charge of causing intentional injury. However, the court held the impudent driving should be judged as intentional injury after over four months of proceedings.

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