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Woman thief loses appeal for police compensation

Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court has rejected the appeal of a convicted thief who demanded compensation from police for not rescuing her in time when she got stuck in a pile of steel coils to escape police arrest.
The court ruled yesterday that the convict surnamed Zhu couldn't prove her injury was caused by police although she produced a medical record of her fracture.
Zhu sneaked into a facility belonging to Shanghai International Port Ltd one early morning in October 2008 to steal plastic sheath for steel pipes. She was detected by police, and in a haste to flee, she squeezed into a pile of steel coils and got stuck there.
Zhu told the court that a policeman pressed her legs so she couldn't get out of the pile. Her head suffered fractures and her eyes and nose were hurt. She insisted that her injury was caused by the mishandling of police and asked for 12,400 yuan (US$ 1,848) in compensation.
Police told the court that the hole in the pile of steel coils was too small for them to crawl in. A forklift was used to remove the coils. Because Zhu got injury in her face, police called an ambulance to send her to hospital.
The court judged Zhu had told a lie because if the hole was big enough for a policeman to get into, the officers could easily pull her out and there would be no need to use a forklift.


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