Heavier penalty for random killing in schools considered
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.