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Man is fit to stand trial for bus violence, prosecutors say

THE man who severely beat up a female bus driver in May should be sued for the crime of picking a quarrel and making trouble, city prosecutors said yesterday.

The Baoshan District Prosecutors' Office said the defendant, Shen Bo, 32, got on the wrong bus the afternoon of May 13 and beat the driver, Zhou Weiqin, when the bus did not stop where he was planning to go, causing serious injuries to the victim.

Prosecutors said the suspect should take criminal responsibility for the violence but that it could consider lesser punishment because a judicial panel ruled that Shen was suffering from depression.

Shen boarded Bus 116 to go to Zhanghuabang in Baoshan District, not knowing it was an express line of Bus 116 and would not stop at Zhanghuabang. Shen was infuriated when the bus missed his destination and slapped Zhou while she was driving the bus at 46kph, the prosecutors said.

Zhou then pulled the bus to the Wusong Bridge to make things safer for passengers, but Shen continued to beat her. He pushed Zhou off the bus through the front door and left.

Zhou was taken to a hospital and was diagnosed with fractures and bruises in her head, neck, spine and chest, according to the police.

Shen was nabbed by the police on May 26 in a supermarket around Boshan Road E. and Yunshan Road in the district. He was later judged to be suffering from depression, thus bearing limited criminal responsibility. But he is capable of standing trial, said the prosecutors.

The prosecutors also made an appeal to find and praise an old man on the bus who tried to stop the violence while others just stood by and watched.


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