TESTIMONY: Wu Hsuan said that Mayer had told him he wanted help to purchase machetes and a rope saw, among other items, because he feared for his safety
Date: May 10, 2019
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
Taiwanese-Canadian Wu Hsuan (吳宣), an alleged accomplice in the murder of a
Canadian man in New Taipei City, said that Israeli-American Oren Shlomo Mayer had masterminded the killing, instructing others to buy weapons and tools, and also headed up an illegal drug ring, with other suspects working under him.
During the trial at the New Taipei City District Court on Wednesday, judges called on two of the defendants, Wu, 21, also known as Dan Wu, and Mayer, 37, for cross-examination.
According to the court transcript, Wu said that Mayer had planned the killing of Sanjay Ryan Ramgahan.
Prior to the killing on Aug. 22 last year, Mayer instructed him to go to a shop and showed him photographs of what to buy, including machetes, a rope saw, a grindstone, leather gloves as used by martial arts fighters and a truncheon, he said.
“Mayer said he was worried about personal safety after having a dispute with someone, so I was asked to help and buy these items for Mayer to protect himself,” Wu said, adding that he did not know Mayer was planning to kill Ramgahan. [FULL STORY]