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'Wolf of Huakang' denied parole again

'Wolf of Huakang' denied parole again

The Ministry of Justice has turned down a parole application filed by a serial rapist and robber known as the "Wolf of Huakang" for the seventh time in a row since 2001.
The applicant, surnamed Yang, was referred to as the "Wolf of Huakang" because most of the crime he committed in the mid-1990s took place at Huakang, the main campus of Chinese Culture University on Yangmingshan in suburban Taipei.
Yang, 36, filed his seventh parole application in August, but it was not until yesterday the MOJ announced its decision.
Over the past two months, the MOJ called several meetings to consult with criminologists and other professionals in reviewing the meeting. "More than half of the review committee members voted against Yang's application over worries about Yang's chances of repeating the crime.
Yang is an inmate with an IQ of 160 who was convicted on 25 counts of sexual assault/robbery, and nine counts of theft. Yang was found guilty and sentenced to 16 years in prison. He began serving his time in 1996.
Yang made headlines in the summer of 2001 when he passed the Joint College Entrance Examination and was granted admission into the sociology department of National Taiwan University.
Yang gave up his plan to study at the prestigious university in 2003 after he tried but failed a few times to persuade the review committee to accept his parole application.
Many review committee members voted against Yang's application at that time as Yang's evaluation reports show that Yang's chances of committing the same crime again are "high" or "very high."
Minister of Justice Shih Mao-lin (施茂林) said his ministry is confident that the review committee will approve Yang's parole application in the near future if Yang is able to convince most of the review committee members that he will not repeat the same offense.
Shih said Yang has expressed his wish to return to his hometown in Hualien County in eastern Taiwan after he is released. For this, he said, the Hualien District Prosecutor's Office has decided to engage counselers to consult with Yang and help him adjust himself to a new life after he is released.
"We are doing whatever we can to help with Yang's return to society, and hopefully thorough our successful assistance to Yang we will become more confident of doing this kind of work and giving parole to those who wish to start new life and make up for the mistakes they made in the past," Shih said.
In his latest application, Yang talked about his willingness to wear an electronic tag and hopes to enter a theological college if his parole application is accepted.


Updated : 2021-05-09 04:43 GMT+08:00