Beijing, Sep 23 (EFE).- A Chinese court on Friday sentenced a man to 24 years in prison for brutally beating four women at a barbecue restaurant in June in an audacious crime that triggered a nationwide outcry.
Chen Jizhi, identified as the main accused, was fined 320,000 yuan (more than $45,000) by the Guangyang district court in Hebei province.
Twenty-seven other defendants got six months to 11 years in prison.
Nineteen of them were fined from 3,000 yuan to 135,000 yuan by the court.
The court convicted Chen on eight counts, including robbery, gang fights, and intentional injury.
Four women dining at a barbecue restaurant in Tangshan were brutally assaulted by a group of men after one of the female diners objected to unwanted sexual advances.
The men beat the women diners, kicked them, and dragged them out.
The scene was caught on a CCTV camera. The footage went viral, sparking national outrage.
Two women had to be hospitalized due to the injuries suffered in the beating.
The court also asked Chen and five of his accomplices to pay for the medical expenses of the injured and compensate them for lost wages.
The court found that Chen and other defendants had a history of unlawful conduct since 2012.
The gang had, for a long time, used violence, threats, and other means to pick fights, intentionally hurt people, open casinos, rob, cover up and conceal crimes, according to the ruling.
The gang organization harassed people and disturbed social order. EFE