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Waitress who stabbed officials 'being tortured'

THE mother of a waitress who stabbed a local government official to death and injured another said her daughter was acting in self defense and claimed she was being tortured in detention.

Deng Yujiao was sent to Youfu Hospital in Enshi in central China's Hubei Province for "observation," after police suggested she was mentally ill when they discovered antidepressants in her handbag.

Deng killed a local official, Deng Guida, and injured his colleague Huang Dezhi at an entertainment venue in on May 10. A dispute broke out after the woman rejected the officials' requests for "special service," a term understood to mean sex in Chinese.

Police detained Deng on manslaughter charges.

Deng's mother, Zhang Shumei, told the Orient Today newspaper that the "observation" was actually torture, as her daughter had been confined to bed for days with her arms and legs tied tightly.

Footage aired by the Enshi TV station showed Deng in the hospital bed, crying: "Papa, papa, they beat me..."

Zhang said she hadn't been allowed to visit her daughter.

Doctor Li Yu said the hospital had offered no treatment so far, because of a pending psychological assessment. "If her disease, if she has any, is controlled by treatment, then an assessment will be difficult to carry out," he said.

Two lawyers, on behalf of Zhang, had asked police for permission to interview Deng, yesterday's Beijing Youth Daily reported. They submitted an application on Tuesday.

Zhang believes her daughter is innocent and that her attack was merely self-defense.


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