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Man who killed cerebral palsy-afflicted son charged with homicide

Man who killed cerebral palsy-afflicted son charged with homicide

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) A man who strangled his cerebral palsy-afflicted son to death in March, purportedly because of the exhaustion he was suffering from in caring for the boy, was charged with homicide Wednesday. The 41-year-old man, Ho Chung-ming (???), admitted to prosecutors that he killed his 21-year-old son, but said he had asked his son for permission to end his life before doing so, to which his son had agreed. After an investigation, the prosecutors concluded that the son had only the intelligence of a preschooler and might not have comprehended what his father meant. The Taipei District Prosecutors Office therefore indicted Ho on charges of homicide. In March, Ho told police that he took his son for a ride in Taipei. After parking his car by the side of a road, he asked his son: "Everyone is tired. Is it all right if I kill you?" According to Ho, his son nodded, so the father climbed into the back seat of the car and strangled the boy. He stayed with his dead son for an hour before reporting the incident to police. He was holding his son in his arms and crying bitterly when police arrived, according to the police. The family, which originally lived in Zhongshan District in Taipei, moved to Linkou in New Taipei so that their son could attend a special school there. Ho told police his son kicked his grandparents when throwing a tantrum, and had attempted to end his own life several times. (By Tsai Pei-chi and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-17 18:53 GMT+08:00