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Ruling appealed after person dies of exposure

A MAN in Nanjing is appealing a court ruling ordering him to pay more than 100,000 yuan (US$14,645) in compensation after he escorted a drunken colleague home and the man was later found dead from exposure to the cold.

The appellate, who was identified by the surname Tan, thought the decision by Pukou District People's Court was ridiculous and filed the appeal last week, Nanjing-based Yangtse Evening News reported on Saturday.

The Nanjing Intermediate People's Court is expected to hear the case next month, the report said.

According to Tan, his colleague Zhu Peixun insisted on driving his motorcycle home after dinner on February 19. But Tan hired a taxi and escorted Zhu home because he had been drinking and it was raining.

The cab stopped at the entrance of a lane that leads to Zhu's apartment. He got out and said goodbye to Tan, who was in the cab.

Zhu's home was about 30 meters away from the entrance of the lane. He was found dead outside the door the next morning.

The Pukou court ruled that Zhu was mainly responsible for his own death but that Tan failed to complete his escort obligation and thus owed the family compensation.

Tan argued he was under no such obligation and that he was doing a good deed.

Tan also argued that he had called Zhu's wife when he arrived home to inquire about his colleague. She told him that Zhu had not come home yet, according to Tan.


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