Taiwan prosecutors demand death penalty for Malaysian student’s killer

Kaohsiung prosecutors on Friday demanded the death penalty for the man indicted over his murder of a Malaysian student near her college campus. (NOWnews)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Prosecutors on Friday demanded the death penalty for the man indicted for the murder of a Malaysian student in southern Taiwan.

The prosecutors have asked the trial court to impose the death penalty and deprive him of civil rights for life, the Ciaotou District Prosecutors Office (橋頭地檢署) in Kaohsiung said in a press conference on Friday. 

The office added that the indictment had been issued before his detention period expires on Dec. 31.  

Given that the murderer’s lack of empathy and assessment said there was a “high risk” of Liang reoffending in the future, the prosecutors have demanded the death penalty. (NOWnews)

The 28-year-old suspect, surnamed Liang confessed that he raped a 24-year-old college student, surnamed Chung, before strangling her with a rope on Oct. 28.  

He then dumped her body in the mountainous Alian district (阿蓮區) in neighboring Kaohsiung.  

Liang ignored the female student’s desperate pleas for mercy, authorities said, adding that the suspect didn’t show remorse after committing the crime and never apologized to the victim’s family.  

Given that the murderer’s lack of empathy, prosecutors assessed that there was a “high risk” of Liang reoffending in the future, so they demanded the death penalty.  

On Oct. 13, President Tsai apologized to the family of Chung and also to the people of Malaysia over the incident.  

In November, Chung’s family filed a civil suit against several authorities in Taiwan and asked for government compensation for alleged negligence that led to her death.  

These include the Chang Jung Christian University (CJCU, 長榮大學), Taiwan City Council, and the Taiwanese government.