Chinese Healer Jailed Over Death Of Diabetic Boy Who Attended 'Slapping' Workshop
Chinese self-help practitioner Hong Chi Xiao has been sentenced to at least seven years and six months jail for the manslaughter of a six-year-old boy.
The boy, who had type-1 diabetes, died after attending a Chinese slapping and stretching therapy workshop with his parents in 2015.
But Xiao claimed it wasn’t his fault, his lawyer told the court he “wasn’t the boy’s first line of defence ... his parents were”.
A jury found Xiao was responsible because he had told the boy’s parents he could cure his diabetes and advised them to stop giving him insulin.
The court heard the boy’s parents became extremely concerned when he became weak and started repeatedly vomiting, but Xiao told them the severe symptoms were normal signs of self-healing.
He was administering slapping therapy when the boy fell unconscious in a Sydney hotel room shortly before his parents screams alerted hotel staff, who called triple zero.
The boy was pronounced dead a short time later.
In handing down his sentence today, judge Garry Neilson said: “ his (Xiao) negligent advice caused the parents to believe that if they stop giving insulin to the boy he would be cured of diabetes.”
Xiao was given a maximum 10-year sentence but will be eligible for parole in 2024.