Man sentenced to life in prison for murder of girl
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.