GUANGZHOU, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- One man was sentenced to death and another to life imprisonment over a toy factory brawl on June 26 that left two Uygur workers dead in south China's Guangdong Province, court officials said Saturday.
Two local courts in Shaoguan City, Guangdong, on Saturday also sentenced nine other people to prison terms ranging from five to eight years after first-instance trials regarding the fatal brawl in the Xuri Toy Factory in Shaoguan.
The Intermediate People's Court of Shaoguan held Xiao Jianhua was the principal instigator of the brawl, who incited his co-workers to join the affray between Han and Uygur workers in the factory, and led the assault.
Xiao Jianhua, Xu Qiqi, Jiang Jing, Liao Pusheng, Shen Wenqing (From left to right, Front), who were charged for intentionally assaulting people during the Xuri Toy Factory brawl, hear the verdict at the Intermediate People's Court of Shaoguan in Shaoguan City, south China's Guangdong Province, on Oct. 10, 2009.(Xinhua/Liu Dawei)
Xiao was sentenced to death and fellow worker Xu Qiqi was given a life jail term after they were convicted of manslaughter.
The same court also sentenced three of Xiao's accomplices to prison terms from seven to eight years on charges of assault.
Two Uygur workers from Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region -- Aximujiang Aimaiti and Sadikejiang Kaze -- were beaten to death, and three were severely injured and six slightly injured in the brawl.
The court heard the fight started after a Uygur male worker was found by other workers chasing a Han woman intern surnamed Huang in the factory.
Xiao and his accomplices used iron bars to beat the Uygur workers, and obstructed medical workers from treating the injured.
The People's Court of Wujiang District, Shaoguan, on Saturday sentenced three other Han workers who were convicted of participating in group affray to prison terms ranging from six to seven years.
Three Uygur workers who used violence in the brawl were also convicted at the same court of participating in group affray. They were given to prison terms from five to six years.