By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The man suspected of killing an eight-year-old girl at her school in Taipei City’s Beitou District last year was sentenced to life in prison Friday, despite a request by prosecutors for the death penalty.
Kung Chung-an, 30, entered the Taipei Municipal Wenhua Elementary School last May 29 and cut the throat of a second-grade pupil surnamed Liu as she went to the restrooms on one of the upper floors.
The Shilin District Court found him guilty of murder but gave him a life term in jail. Appeals are still possible.
During the trial proceedings, Kung’s attorneys argued that he suffered from psychological problems, since he explained how he had heard “voices.” Prosecutors countered, saying he remembered all the details of the murder and had shown no remorse or regret. Kung never apologized to the girl’s family, prosecutors said. [FULL STORY]