Taiwan’s Supreme Court strikes down death sentence for man who ran over estranged wife and her lawyer

The court ruled the man qualified for a commutation of his sentence because he confessed to his crime

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/06/13
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwan’s Supreme Court. (Wikipedia photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Supreme Court struck down a death sentence for a man, surnamed Hung, who killed his estranged wife and her lawyer, China Times reported on Thursday (June 13).

The court did so because there should have been an investigation into whether the man was qualified for a commutation of his sentence for confessing to his crime, thereby sending back the case for a retrial.

The sentencing document said Hung filed a lawsuit to divorce his wife, surnamed Lee, and both parties went to Tainan District Court on July 17, 2017, to negotiate a settlement, according to China Times. Lee was accompanied by her lawyer Huang Cheng-hsiung (黃政雄), and after a divorce settlement was reached, Hung left the court in his minivan, the news outlet said.

Hung saw Lee and Huang walking and talking and it seemed to him that Huang was celebrating a victory, which enraged Hung, according to China Times. As a result, he ran both of them over, stopped the car, and emerged to make calls on his mobile.    [FULL  STORY]

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