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Blow from shoe killed abusive husband

A WOMAN whose husband died after she hit him on the head with a shoe was jailed for 10 years yesterday.

The Pudong New Area People's Court found Zhao, from Jiangsu Province, guilty of manslaughter.

Zhao, 45, came to work in a local restaurant in 2007 after her first husband died. She met Lu, who was divorced, and married him last year.

Lu lost his job soon after the wedding and refused to find another.

He was an alcoholic who often beat Zhao after getting drunk, the court heard.

On September 18 last year, Lu returned home after drinking and started to beat Zhao again. She grabbed a shoe and hit him on the head and body.

Lu sank to the ground clutching his head in pain and Zhao seized her chance to escape from the house.

"I was afraid he would beat me again. So when he was sitting on the ground, I left quickly," Zhao told police later.

She went to her son's house. His father was her first husband and he also worked in Shanghai.

Meanwhile, Lu had collapsed and neighbors sent him to hospital.

There, he lapsed into a coma and died a few days later. While conscious he told staff he had been beaten by his wife.

A doctor said a blood vessel in Lu's brain had been badly damaged by his alcoholism and any blow to the head would have had serious consequences.

Police found Zhao on September 21 at her son's house. She was unaware that her husband had died.

The woman won sympathy from a number of acquaintances, including her mother-in-law.

In a written testimony given to the court, Lu's mother said it was her son's fault. He had always abused Zhao, she said.

Zhao told the court that her actions were justifiable self-defense, but the court didn't accept that view.

It said Lu wasn't able to threaten Zhao's life when he was drunk and he didn't have any weapons in his hand.


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