RANDOM CHILD KILLING:The Supreme Court ruling said Tseng was mentally ill and could be rehabilitated, leading his victim’s aunt to say ‘Taiwan’s justice system is dead’
Date: May 06, 2016
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld a sentence of life imprisonment for convicted child killer
Tseng Wen-chin (曾文欽), angering the victim’s family, who condemned the nation’s justice system for not issuing a death sentence for the murder.
Tseng, 32, was found guilty of slashing the throat of a 10-year-old boy, surnamed Fang (方), and leaving him to die in Tainan in 2012.
Tseng randomly chose his victim at an arcade in a Tainan department store.
Tseng further shocked the public with remarks he made after his arrest, saying: “In Taiwan, you will not be sentenced to death for killing just one or two people.”
Commentators said the case was a major test for the judiciary regarding the random murder of children, and that a number of suspects in subsequent murder cases had cited Tseng’s words that judges would not sentence them to death. [FULL STORY]