Man sen­tenced to life in prison for mur­der of girl

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY MICHELLE YEH

A man, sur­named Chiu, ac­cused of stran­gling his girl­friend to death last Au­gust was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment and de­prived of his public rights, Taichung Dis­trict Court re­ported yesterday.

The Taichung Dis­trict Court judge be­lieves that while the con­vict’s ac­tions were in­deed ter­ri­ble, his crime does not war­rant a death sen­tence. Chiu’s case may be ap­pealed.

The dis­trict court stated while hand­ing down the sen­tence that while Chiu was in a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship with a woman, sur­named Jian, he sus­pected her of in­fi­delity. Chiu’s call­ing out of Jian’s al­leged in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tions with other men caused a great strain on their re­la­tion­ship. This led to Jian’s de­ci­sion to end their re­la­tion­ship. Not want­ing to ter­mi­nate the emo­tional ties that he had with Jian, Chiu re­peat­edly asked his girl­friend to think again about end­ing the re­la­tion­ship, prompt­ing her rejection.

The court also stated that Chiu took a taxi from Taipei to Qing­shui, Taichung and stayed in mo­tels near Jian’s res­i­dence from Aug. 10 last year. From there, he re­peat­edly called Jian’s home and mo­bile phone and pleaded with her to meet with him alone to dis­cuss their re­la­tion­ship.

Fail­ing to ar­range a meet­ing with Jian, Chiu ar­rived unan­nounced at the Jian res­i­dence af­ter Jian’s mother had left the house the next day. Chiu dragged Jian back into the house where he stran­gled her to death af­ter a brief ex­change at her door.

Chiu quickly fled the crime scene to Qing­shui Train Sta­tion and trav­eled back to Taipei for work. Ac­cord­ing to his state­ment, Chiu be­came ner­vous about the killing. When the de­tails of the crime were pub­li­cized and po­lice were no­ti­fied about it, Chiu con­fessed his ac­tions to his un­cle.

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