HARBIN, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- A Chinese court on Thursday upheld the life sentence handed to a teenager convicted of killing one medical worker and injuring three others in a high-profile hospital attack last March.
Li Mengnan, 18, appealed after being found guilty of intentional homicide and sentenced to life in prison by the Intermediate People's Court of Harbin, capital city of northeastern China's Heilongjiang Province, on Oct. 19.
His appeal was heard by Heilongjiang Provincial Higher People's Court, which upheld the original ruling.
A life sentence was the highest penalty that could be meted out to Li, who was under 18 years of age when committing the crime, according to Li's lawyers.
The original verdict also ordered Li to pay more than 680,000 yuan (108,108 U.S. dollars) to the victims' families in compensation.
Li's case was among a string of hospital attacks seen in recent years in China, amid strained patient-doctor relations in the country. Chinese patients often accuse doctors of rushing consultations and prescribing excessive medicines, while doctors have complained about overwork, low pay and being frequently misunderstood.
On March 23, 2012, Li stormed into the First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University and randomly attacked four medical workers with a knife after believing the doctors at the hospital had refused to treat his spinal disease, the initial ruling said.
Wang Hao, a 28-year-old intern of the hospital, was stabbed to death, while three others suffered injuries.