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Parents of boy killed in restaurant win payout

THE parents of a 3-year-old foreign boy who was killed by a falling screen in a downtown restaurant have been awarded 450,000 yuan (US$73,250) compensation, Jing’an District People’s Court said Wednesday.

The owners of Kervan Orient Express, a Turkish restaurant in Huangpu District, admitted liability for the child’s death and agreed to compensate the parents, the court said.

The incident happened on April 15 last year, while the boy was at the restaurant with his Turkish father, British mother and 9-year-old sister. The family was dining with friends in a private area of the restaurant, which had not yet opened to the public.

During the evening, the boy left the table to play. And then was knocked down by the screen. He became unconscious and began bleeding from his nose and mouth. He was rushed to hospital but died soon after arrival.

The parents filed a compensation suit against the restaurant in November of last year. They claimed the owners had failed to safeguard their safety and said they should have posted warning signs near the 2-meter-high, 50-kilogram screen.

They initially demanded several million yuan, but the restaurant protested.

The court said the two sides settled on 450,000 yuan, of which 100,000 yuan will be paid immediately and the remainder in a year’s time.


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