By: Cheng Chi-feng and S.C. Chang
Kaohsiung, July 8 (CNA) A debt-ridden man admitted on Saturday that he deliberately starved his
mother and elder brother to death, finding himself unable to look after them after they had strokes and became incapacitated.
The man, 50, has been in hiding since June 29, when police found the bodies of his 78-year-old mother and 55-year-old brother dead inside their family home in Fengshan District, Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan.
Police found a confession, left by the man, surnamed Kung, admitting to his responsibility for the crime because he could no longer stand the mental and economic pressure of supporting his mother and brother. In the note, he also asked that he be sentenced to death.
A police investigation revealed that the two brothers were not married.
The older brother suffered a stroke 10 years ago and was taken care of by his mother until she had a stroke herself in March when both were sent to a nursing home.
Kung, who worked as a glass cutter in Tainan, could not afford to pay for the nursing home and so quit his job to take care of his mother and brother himself at the family home in early June.