Court upholds death penalty for arsonist

NO REMORSE: Weng Jen-hsien bought 20 liters of gasoline and waited until his family was celebrating Lunar New Year’s Eve together before he burst in and set them on fire

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 21, 2019
By: Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan High Court yesterday upheld convicted arsonist Weng Jen-hsien’s (翁仁賢) death sentence.

Convicted arsonist and murderer Weng Jen-hsien gives the finger at the High Court in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Yang Kuo-wen, Taipei Times

Weng, 53, had twice previously been found guilty of killing six people, including his parents and three relatives.

Weng had shown no remorse for his crime and there was no likelihood of rehabilitation, the court said.

Weng was convicted of killing direct family members and relatives, which is punishable by death or life imprisonment under the Criminal Code.

Weng purchased 20 liters of gasoline, which he placed into bottles and plastic containers, and deliberately waited for a day until Lunar New Year’s Eve on Feb. 7, 2016, when the victims had scheduled a family gathering, an investigation found.

Weng ran into the house, doused his family members with gasoline and set them alight, it found.

Weng killed his parents, two cousins, a cousin’s wife and his parents’ caregiver. Five other relatives sustained burns.   [FULL  STORY]

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