Archer sentenced to death for gruesome murder of woman in Taipei's Huashan Grassland

Archery instructor sentenced to death for murdering, dismembering body of female student in Taipei's Huashan Grassland

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Chen (left), Kao (right). (Images from Facebook)

Chen (left), Kao (right). (Images from Facebook)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- An archery instructor has been found guilty of murdering his female student and dismembering her into 13 pieces and has been sentenced to death.

After meeting with an archery teacher to discuss art at Taipei's Huashan Grassland (華山大草原), a woman went missing for over two weeks, only for the instructor to later confess to strangling her, dismembering her body into 13 pieces and dumping them on Taipei's Yangmingshan.

A 30-year-old woman surnamed Kao (高) and a 37-year-old archery teacher surnamed Chen (陳) recently out a space at the Huashan Grassland in Taipei to hold classes that he called Yejucaotang (野居草堂). On May 31, 2018, after a class had ended, only Kao and Chen remained at the venue late that evening.

After the others had left, Chen claims that Kao had become drunk after only having consumed two beers, and she went back with him to his cabin to lie down at 12:30 a.m. on June 1. However, police suspect that Chen had either added Kaoliang wine to her beers or spiked them with drugs to make her more compliant, reported the Liberty Times.


Chen in court. (CNA photo)

Chen tried to make a sexual advance towards Kao, but she rejected him. Angered by her rejection, Chen later admitted to police that he planned on waiting until she dozed off to try sexually assaulting her.

Kao woke up as Chen tried to molest her, and she put up a fierce struggle. Chen said that he then placed his hands on her neck and strangled her to death at around 4:00 a.m. on June 1, reported Apple Daily.

Chen said that he first hid Kao's body in a green plastic box in the wooden Yejucaotang cabin for two days. Chen then admitted to police that on June 3, 2018, he took a 15-centimeter fish fillet knife, cut her body into 13 pieces, and placed them in seven plastic bags.

He told police that on June 4, 2018, he loaded the bags onto a scooter and hid them on Yangminshan in Sanzhi District in New Taipei. After an extensive search of Yangmingshan, police were finally able to recover all seven bags containing her body parts by 6 p.m. on July 18, 2018, reported CNA.

In August of last year, the Taipei District Prosecutor's Office indicted Chen for aggravated forcible sexual intercourse (強制性交罪), intentional homicide (故意殺害被害人罪), larceny (竊盜罪), destruction of a corpse (毀壞屍體罪), and abandonment of a corpse (遺棄屍體罪). For these crimes, the Taipei District Court today (Aug. 5) sentenced Chen to death, reported CNA.