Sirui Luo, a 21-year-old Chinese woman who admitted to kicking a teenage boy after he fractured his skull during a brawl in Melbourne, Australia, was fined $5,000.
Luo struck Jeremy Hu, a 19-year-old high school student, on April 15 just minutes following a brutal attack in a Chinatown Alley where the teen was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head as bystanders looked on, according to The Age.
The Melbourne Magistrates’ Court was told the young man was later rushed to the hospital, where he died from severe skull fractures and a brain hemorrhage on April 23.
The attack allegedly resulted from a dispute between a 17-year-old, whose name has been withheld for legal reasons, and Hu over a girlfriend, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Luo, who spent 17 days in custody following her arrest, was not the girl the two boys were fighting over, the court was told.
The teen arranged to meet up with Hu, who was a student at the Yarra Valley Grammar school in Melbourne, in Chinatown that night when he was done having dinner with his friends. He has since pleaded guilty to assault and affray in the Children’s Court.
Shengliang Wan, 22, accused of stomping on Hu’s head several times, has been charged with the boy’s murder and is scheduled for a committal hearing in 2017.
Another man, Hanjie Liu, 23, also faces assault and affray charges, according to the AAP.
In court on Wednesday, Magistrate Charles Rozencwajg fined Luo AUD $5,000 (USD $3,700) for one count of common law assault, and called her actions “despicable.”
“Your actions in this incident were quite dishonorable,” Rozencwajg said. “You should be utterly ashamed.”
During the brawl, which was captured on a nearby CCTV camera, Luo can be seen standing in front of Hu as he sat in an alcove before going up to the boy and kicking him. She was restrained by others standing nearby shortly after the fight.
As Luo was waiting for her pre-sentence hearing on Wednesday, Hu’s mother slapped and kicked her and was removed from the courtroom by security.
She had promised the court that she would get out of Australia after being sentenced, and Luo’s lawyer handed over an itinerary proving that she was booked on a flight for Thursday.
Hu’s parents were not present for the hearing, but his aunt attended instead.