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Widow asks for payout

A WOMAN is seeking compensation from a restaurant because her husband was stabbed to death outside after he had argued with a customer who had kicked a waitress.

Jia Yanfang, 31, said staff at the Xintiandu Hotpot Restaurant had failed in their duty to ensure the safety of their customers.

The Xuhui District People's Court was told that on December 16, 2007, Jia's husband, Chen Liqiang, was dining in the restaurant with friends. When they were paying the bill, they saw Yu Hao, an Anhui Province native, scold and kick a waitress. Yu also threatened her with a knife, the court was told.

Chen wanted staff to call the police. No one made the call but Yu was persuaded to leave. Chen also left and, outside, Yu stabbed him in the chest. Chen died in hospital.

Yu was sentenced to death and ordered to pay 720,000 yuan (US$105,263) in damages to Chen's family. But Yu, who has appealed the death sentence, hasn't paid anything.

Jia filed a lawsuit against the restaurant asking for 50,000 yuan.

She said the restaurant owner had agreed to compensate her after the incident but had later withdrawn the offer.

The court, which heard the case on Monday, hasn't announced a verdict.


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