By: Chiang I-ching, Liu Chien-pang, Wang Cheng-chung and Ko Lin
The 54-year-old passenger, surnamed Cheng (鄭), had been detained on homicide charges after he stabbed 24-year-old railway police officer Lee Cheng-han (李承翰) on a train from Tainan to Taipei on July 3, when he was found to lack a valid ticket.
Lee died in hospital the following day.
On Thursday, judges at the Chiayi District Court described Cheng's long history of schizophrenia as the reason for their ruling, citing Article 19, Paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code that lists mental illness as possible grounds for a commuted sentence. [FULL STORY]