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Lover to pay after fall from 4th floor

A WOMAN who broke her back when she fell four floors trying to avoid her lover's wife is to get 270,000 yuan (US$39,551) in compensation from her lover, a local district court has ruled.

Li Hongying tried to escape through a window via a rope made of bed sheets when Zhang Daqiang's wife called at the apartment where the two were meeting. But she fell and fractured her spine. She now can't walk and has to use a wheelchair.

Jinshan District People's Court judged Li and her lover equally responsible for the accident after it heard two different versions of the fall.

Li said that when Zhang's wife came, he made a rope with two sheets. He tied one end to Li and held the other end. Li trusted him and lowered herself out of the window but Zhang let go and she fell.

Zhang said it was Li who came up with the idea of climbing from the window. But the sheets weren't long enough and he lost hold of them after Li said she had climbed onto a water pipe. It was her mistake she fell, he said.

The incident happened on August 7, 2008, China's equivalent of Valentine's Day according to the lunar calendar.

Because Zhang refused to take responsibility, Li filed a lawsuit seeking compensation of more than 550,000 yuan.

The court ruled that Zhang should bear half of the responsibility since he was helping to lower Li to the ground.

It said Zhang should have known about the danger of losing hold of the sheets when Li, hanging in the air, couldn't protect herself.


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