Heav­ier penalty for ran­dom killing in schools con­sid­ered

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Two l egislators pro­posed amend­ing the Crim­i­nal Code Mon­day to stiffen the penalty for ran­dom killings that take place in public es­tab­lish­ments, at schools, or on public trans­porta­tion.

The pro­posal was put forth by rul­ing Kuom­intang Leg­is­la­tors Ting Shou-chung ( ) and Wang Yu-min ( ) in the wake of the death of a sec­ond-grader who was knifed in a ran­dom attack by an in­truder at her school in the Beitou dis­trict of Taipei last Fri­day.

At present, ran­dom killing is a crime pun­ish­able by death, life im­pris­on­ment or im­pris­on­ment of 10 years or more.

Ting and Wang pro­posed adding a pro­vi­sion to the Crim­i­nal Code that would limit the sen­tence for ran­dom killings com­mit­ted in public es­tab­lish­ments, on public trans­porta­tion or at schools to death or life im­pris­on­ment.

In cases where bod­ily harm is caused to the vic­tims, the penalty should be raised by one-half of the orig­i­nal penalty, and the of­fend­ers should never be el­i­gi­ble for pa­role, they pro­posed.

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