Student jailed for sex crime in UK not son of deputy commander: Shenyang Military Region

2013-07-08 02:47:42 GMT2013-07-08 10:47:42(Beijing Time)  SINA English
Student Zhong Xuanyu, 25, drugged and sexually assaulted his female victim after becoming obsessed with date rape pornography.(Photo:Agencies)Student Zhong Xuanyu, 25, drugged and sexually assaulted his female victim after becoming obsessed with date rape pornography.(Photo:Agencies)

Shenyang Military Region disproved an online hearsay that a Chinese student who drugged and sexually assaulted a girl at British university was the son of its deputy commander, A Shanghai newspaper reported on Monday.

Zhong Xuanyu, a Chinese student who drugged and sexually assaulted a girl at Northumbria University in Britain, is rumored to be the son of Zhong Zhiming, the deputy commander of Shenyang Military Region in China’s Liaoning Province. The military region clarified recently that the only son of Zhong is named Zhong Bo, who has never been abroad in his life, and has nothing to do with the hideous crime.

No other family bachground information of the student has been revealed yet besides the online rumor.

In recent years, when Chinese people were involve in scandals or negative events, they were instantly rumored to be the children or relatives of Chinese officials. Some of them were verified to be true, while others were not.

It is hoped that in the near future those rumors could be clarified as soon as possible, and the schooling and employment information of the officials’ children be disclosed publicly. Lately, China has been trying to improve transparency by urging officials to disclose their assets and info on their children. For example, After the 18th session of the National People's Congress, Xinhua News Agency revealed the family information of many top officials in its special coverage, including information of their spouse and children.

Chinese students drugs and sexually assaults girl at British university

A university student obsessed with date rape pornography turned his fantasy into reality by drugging and sexually assaulting a woman.

Xuanyu Zhong, the son of a Chinese government official, committed the crime after watching hours of sick rape videos on the internet.

The Northumbria University student researched date-rape drugs, bought some online and carried out a sex attack on a woman who accepted a drink from him. Zhong, 25, denied sexual assault but was found guilty and jailed for six years at Newcastle Crown Court.

He had intended to copy the videos by raping his drugged victim but changed his mind at the last minute and sexually assaulted her instead, the court heard.

The student was eventually caught when his victim remembered parts of the assault ordeal and reported it to the police. But that was only the start of the woman’s nightmare.

She was subjected to a campaign of threatening texts and phone calls after Zhong’s father – who is based in China – and friends tracked her down and tried to put pressure on her not to give evidence.

However, she stood firm and Zhong was forced to stand trial. It was only at a later sentencing hearing that he admitted what he had done in a letter to the judge.

Judge Paul Sloan, QC, said the Chinese police had been informed about the actions of Zhong’s associates.

The incident took place in December 2011. Detectives examined the student’s computer and discovered months earlier he had viewed web pages detailing the effects of different date-rape drugs.

A month before the attack, he viewed eight pornographic videos showing women being drugged and raped while incapacitated.

The student formulated a plan, bought the drugs and put it into action.

It is not known which date-rape drug Zhong used, but before buying it, he tested two others that didn’t work.


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