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through drug re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, but was reclu­sive and iso­lated, de­vel­op­ing schizophre­nia and hal­lu­ci­na­tions.

How­ever, the state­ment also de­scribed the killing as “grotesquely vi­o­lent”, adding that Wang had known mur­der was il­le­gal and had dodged su­per­vi­sion in or­der to com­mit it.

“He has not shown em­pa­thy and re­gret, and af­ter as­sess­ment, the chance of com­mit­ting crime again is still high,” the state­ment said.

Tai­wan re­sumed cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in 2010 af­ter a five-year hia­tus.

Ex­e­cu­tions are re­served for se­ri­ous crimes such as ag­gra­vated mur­der.

Some politi­cians and rights groups have called for its abo­li­tion, but var­i­ous opin­ion sur­veys show ma­jor­ity sup­port for the death penalty.

Af­ter the de­cap­i­ta­tion in March last year, hun­dreds of Tai­wanese, many dressed in black and wear­ing stick­ers read­ing “Death penalty is nec­es­sary”, called for Wang to be ex­e­cuted.

The killing came less than a year af­ter the throat of an 8-yearold girl was slit in her school re­stroom in Taipei.

It sparked wide­spread pub­lic anger and fresh de­bate about cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

Prose­cu­tors in Wang’s case said dur­ing court hear­ings that he should be put to death as a psy­chi­atric re­port had found him to be men­tally sound enough to be re­spon­si­ble for his ac­tions.

But his de­fence had ar­gued that Wang suf­fered from a men­tal dis­or­der, so should be given a lim­ited-term im­pris­on­ment or sent for treat­ment.

Po­lice said he had pre­vi­ously been ar­rested for drug-re­lated crimes.

He was at­tacked by an an­gry mob while in cus­tody.

Prose­cu­tors said blood tests showed he was not un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs at the time of the mur­der. AFP

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