China Frees Waitress Who Killed Bigwig in Sex Attack
Woman became a folk hero for standing up to corrupt official who assaulted her
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2009 3:28 AM CDT
Deng Yujiao exits a local court with her mother, in Badong County, central China's Hubei Province, yesterday.   (AP Photo/Xinhua,Hao Tongqian)
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(Newser) – A Chinese court has freed a waitress who fatally stabbed a Communist Party bigwig as he sexually assaulted her, the Telegraph reports. Deng Yujiao, 21, slashed the official with a pocket knife after he forced her onto a couch, demanded sex, and slapped her with wads of money. The case sparked widespread anger in China and a huge online campaign to ensure she received a fair trial. She was convicted of causing injury but freed because she turned herself in and suffered from "mood disorders."

"Deng Yujiao is a metaphor for someone who fights back against officials, and of course the officials are those who spend the taxpayers’ money, who are so abusive to ordinary citizens and so corrupt,” said one professor. “It’s almost a stereotype of the online image of officials. That’s why this case becomes so big.”