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Killer of second-grader detained

Killer of second-grader detained

Taipei, May 30 (CNA) Judges in Taipei granted a request by prosecutors Saturday to detain a man who allegedly knifed to death a second-grader at a school in the nation's capital. Shihlin prosecutors requested that 29-year-old Kung Chung-an (???) be taken into custody, a day after he entered Wenhua Elementary School in the suburban district of Beitou and slit the throat of an 8-year-old girl. The girl, identified only by her surname Liu, was pronounced dead at 10:43 a.m.
Liu showed no vital signs by the time she arrived at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the hospital said. She had a 10-centimeter cut to her neck with a severed trachea and carotid artery, the hospital said. She was resuscitated after emergency treatment at the hospital and underwent surgery later that evening. However, her condition deteriorated rapidly and a CT-scan found that she had suffered brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. Preliminary questioning by the police indicated that the suspect picked his victim simply because she was alone and out of her classroom. He allegedly followed her into the toilet, where he grabbed her from behind and slashed her throat twice. The man, who works as a courier, told the police that he was driven to perpetrate the act by voices in his head. The man is an alumnus of the school.
Kung alerted the police shortly after the attack and was apprehended near the crime scene. Police found no banned drugs during a search of his rented room.
Kung, who lives alone in the apartment, often stayed there playing computer games and reading comic books, according to his family.
(By Liu Chien-pang, Lung Pei-ning and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-09-25 21:22 GMT+08:00