Man Who Attacked Shenzhen Expat with Knife Freed after Only 8 Months

By That's PRD, January 23, 2018

1 0

Last May, when an ex-employee at a Shekou restaurant attacked a worker there, John Michel Goulston stepped in. As his five-year-old son watched on, the French citizen subdued the knife-wielding attacker while receiving wounds on his head, back and arm.

After going through a three-hour surgery at a Nanshan hospital, he was rewarded for his bravery with a commendation and award presented in person by the district chief of police.

image-from-sznews_com-copy.jpegGoulston in the hospital

Now, only eight months later, Goulston's attacker has already been released from prison, Shekou Daily reports.

The man, whose surname is Zhou, had originally lashed out at restaurant employees after being fired for showing up drunk. After Goulston intervened, Zhou went out, bought a fruit knife and returned to attack the Frenchman.

READ MORE: Stabbed Frenchman Told Attacker 'Don't Do Anything Stupid'

guy-captured-after-knife-attack.jpgTwo men help subdue the attacker

In an interview with Shekou Daily, Goulston commented:

"It's unbelievable to me to hear that he's received such a short sentence. The police performed an amazing job capturing the suspect while also quickly rushing me to the hospital. If not for them, I may be dead. The city gave me the finest medical treatment and government officials showed me much respect; for which I am eternally grateful. This outcome, however, is outrageous."

Zhou originally pleaded guilty to intentional injury and was given an eight-month jail sentence. The maximum penalty in China for the crime is no more than three years, while "serious injury" can merit three to 10 years. City prosecutors had originally pushed for a one-year prison term for Zhou.

Goulston, who has lived in Shenzhen since 2010, said he was neither offered a lawyer nor notified of a five-day window to appeal the sentence.

[Cover image via Shekou Daily]

more news

The Official Expats' Guide to Working & Living in China

The latest edition of the 'Guide to Working and Living in China as Business Expatriates'.

13-Year-Old Student Murdered by Peers in Hebei

Juvenile crime sparks reflection - a true tragedy!

XJTLU Adds New Master’s Scholarships for Expats

Sino-foreign Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University offers broad range of scholarship opportunities.

Nanshan Half Marathon Returns, But With Strict COVID Measures

Shenzhen, Nanshan marathon returns, but the COVID restrictions are more difficult to navigate than the marathon itself.

WATCH: Guilin Suffers Worst Flooding in 26 Years

Cancel those Guangxi travel plans!

Hop Aboard the Hype Train with Deals, Giveaways & Gossip!

Be the first one to get the coolest insights in the Greater Bay Area!

14 Awesome Upcoming Events & Offers in Shenzhen

Enjoy great events and offers from our editor's picks!

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsShenzhen for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shenzhen With

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's !

Visit the archives