Filipino fisherman gets life for 8 deaths aboard Taiwanese vessel

Focus Taiwan
Date: 09/08/2020
By: Wang Shwu-fen and Ko Lin

Photo courtesy of Donggang Fishermen’s Association

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) A Filipino fisherman involved in a killing spree that led to the death of eight crew members aboard a Taiwanese fishing vessel early last year was given life imprisonment on Tuesday.

Aurelio Arafiles Fronda was convicted of homicide, attempted murder and abandonment of a body, the Pingtung District Court said in its ruling.

The incident took place aboard the Taiwanese longliner Wen Peng when it was operating in the Indian Ocean near Mauritius last February.

According to Pingtung prosecutors, the murders occurred after Fronda got into a heated argument with several members of the crew, of which 11 were Indonesian, 10 Filipinos and three Taiwanese, the latter three being the captain, chief engineer and observer.    [FULL  STORY]

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