Tai­wan de­rides po­lice for DNA tests over ‘theft’ of drink

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Ni­cola Smith in Taipei

A STU­DENT in Tai­wan has been charged with theft af­ter her room­mate asked po­lice to carry out costly DNA tests to find out who had taken a yo­gurt drink worth £1.50 out of the fridge at their univer­sity ac­com­mo­da­tion.

The stu­dent who was charged has not been named, but lived with five other women all study­ing at the Chi­nese Cul­tural Univer­sity in Taipei, Tai­wan.

The po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the stu­dent who filed the com­plaint have been de­rided by the Tai­wanese pub­lic, some of whom ob­jected to the waste of tax­payer-funded DNA tests on the six stu­dents, which cost around £76 each.

Ac­cord­ing to a lo­cal broad­caster, she re­turned home last month to find that her yo­gurt drink had been con­sumed with­out her per­mis­sion and the empty bot­tle left in the bin.

She con­fronted her house­mates, but when no­body owned up she took the bot­tle to the po­lice and asked them to open a for­mal in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Af­ter po­lice could not find fin­ger­prints, the stu­dent per­sisted and asked them to use DNA foren­sics in­stead.

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