Date: 30 Apr 2015
TAIPEI – Taiwan’s top court on Thursday upheld a life sentence handed down to
a man who murdered his sister and pickled her head in a gruesome crime that shocked the island.
Chen Chia-fu, 39, was arrested and later indicted on suspicion of murdering and dismembering his sister in 2012 for an insurance payout of around $200,000. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty saying that Chen showed no remorse.
A district court in 2014 sentenced him to life in prison on the grounds that he had no prior criminal record and grew up in an “abnormal” family with a history of violence and mental disorders.
Both prosecutors and Chen, who had pleaded not guilty, appealed to the high court over the ruling, and then the supreme court, which both maintained the previous sentencing. [FULL STORY]