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Taiwanese-Canadian suspect witnessed grisly murder of Canadian teacher, 'watched killer's backs'

Taiwanese-Canadian suspect claims he witnessed the gruesome murder of Canadian while 'watching their backs'

Wu being escorted by Yonghe District police.

Wu being escorted by Yonghe District police. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The Taiwanese-Canadian man suspected of purchasing the weapons used to murder a Canadian English teacher today claimed that he witnessed the gruesome homicide and dismemberment while he "watched their backs" for any passersby.

A 21-year-old Taiwanese-Canadian man identified as Wu Hsuan (吳宣), who goes by the English name Dan Wu and is a promoter for the Taipei nightclub Triangle, was released from jail on NT$300,000 (US$9,778) bail, after being charged with being an accomplice of the murder of 43-year-old Canadian English teacher-turned drug dealer Ramgahan Sanjay Ryan (Chinese name 顏柏萊). Wu has admitted to purchasing the two machetes allegedly used by 30-year-old African-American male Ewart Odane Bent and Israeli-American tattoo artist named Oren Shlomo Mayer, who goes by the handle "Oz" (Chinese name 孫武生), to brutally hack Ryan to death, before severing his head and limbs, placing them in white trash bags and dumping them into the Xindian River (新店溪) in New Taipei City.

According to Apple Daily, Wu yesterday in court said he helped "watch the backs" of the two murder suspects and he witnessed the men murder Ryan, but he insists that he did not take part in the homicide.

After his appearance in court, the judge ruled that as there was no evidence that Wu had taken part in the murder or the dismemberment of the body, he ordered the man released on NT$300,000 bail. Wu is ordered to stay at his residence, is not allowed to leave the country and must report to police every Friday.

However, Wu's lawyer told ETtoday that "Wu was framed" saying that he had been very unlucky and his attempt to help his friends make a purchase "dragged him down." Wu’s lawyer claims his client was not at the scene of the murder and he only admits to purchasing the machetes and did not approve of the murder.