No re­morse, court says — MRT killer fined NT$30 mil.

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Cheng Chieh ( ) , the col­lege stu­dent found guilty of the deaths of four peo­ple and of in­jur­ing 22 on a Taipei Metro train last May, was yesterday told to pay NT$30.91 mil­lion by the New Taipei Dis­trict Court’s civil di­vi­sion.

Cheng has not so far apol­o­gized to the fam­i­lies of the de­ceased or the in­jured, and has ex­pressed no re­morse for his ac­tions, the judge stated. Based on a re­view of the vic­tims’ trauma and their trans­port and med­i­cal ex­penses, the court fined Cheng a to­tal of NT$30.91 mil­lion.

De­duct­ing vic­tim com­pen­sa­tion fees al­ready paid to the fam­ily of a de­ceased vic­tim sur­named Pan that amount to ap­prox­i­mately NT$1.1 mil­lion, Cheng needs to pay ap­prox­i­mately NT$29.81 mil­lion. The fine is sub­ject to ap­peal.

In terms of civil law, only Pan’s fam­ily — of the four fam­i­lies left be­reaved fol­low­ing the at­tack — de­cided to sue. None of the other fam­i­lies de­manded com­pen­sa­tion, as they be­lieved Cheng did not have the fi­nan­cial means to pay it.

If the par­ents of Cheng con­tinue to abide by their de­ci­sion not to be in­volved in com­pen­sa­tion claims, it is un­likely that any of the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies will ob­tain any com­pen­sa­tion. Only par­ents of un­der­age crim­i­nals are re­quired to con­trib­ute to com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments.

Cheng was handed four death sen­tences in March by the New Taipei Dis­trict Court and an ap­peal is cur­rently be­ing heard by the High Court. He was charged fol­low­ing his mur­der spree af­ter be­ing ap­pre­hended at Jiangz­icui MRT Sta­tion, ( ), a sta­tion on MRT Line 5, on May 21 last year.

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