Two Americans indicted in gruesome Yonghe murder case

Oren Shlomo Mayer

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Two American suspects have been indicted in the brutal murder earlier this year of a Canadian citizen in New Taipei, the city’s District Prosecutors Office said Thursday.

Oren Shlomo Mayer, 37, and Ewart Odane Bent, 30, are accused of killing Canadian Ramgahan Sanjay Ryan and dismembering the body, which was found on a riverbank under Zhongzheng Bridge in the city’s Yonghe District on Aug. 22.

Mayer fled Taiwan after the murder but was arrested at an apartment in Cainta in the Philippines on Sept. 5, following a tipoff by Taiwanese police, and he was sent back to Taiwan on Sept. 17.

Bent, meanwhile, was arrested by police in Taiwan Aug. 25.

On Thursday, prosecutors indicted the two Americans on charges of murder and abandonment and destruction of a corpse.

Two alleged accomplices, American Jason Hobbie and Taiwanese Wu Hsuan (吳宣), who were arrested and questioned by police in October, were charged with aiding and abetting the crime.

Hobbie and Wu were found to have helped purchase knives, fireworks and gasoline to destroy evidence in the murder, prosecutors said.

According to the office, prosecutors are seeking heavy sentences for all of the suspects in light of the brutality of Ryan’s death.