The gruesome murder last year of a four-year-old girl, whose body was subsequently encased in cement, dominated local news headlines as the media yesterday disclosed more disturbing details regarding the case.
The little girl's body was found yesterday sealed in cement and abandoned more than a year ago in a gutter behind the suspected killer's residence in Keelung, the police said.
Prosecutors investigating the murder case identified the suspect as 31-year-old Wu Wen-hung, a cement worker who was asked to take care of his then-girlfriend's daughter after she was sent to prison in July 2006 for making counterfeit money. According to prosecutors, the police began probe the case after the girlfriend, surnamed Li, wrote to Yilan prison police last November, saying that she had not seen her daughter since an August 2006 visit. Li expressed worry in the letter, leading the police and investigators to pursue Wu for questioning.
The prosecutors said Wu, who changed residences frequently and was difficult to track down, at first firmly denied any involvement with the murder, but could not give a clear account as to the whereabouts of the little girl. Wu finally confessed that he had killed the girl when the police mentioned his two-year-old son, who was beaten to death seven years earlier by another girlfriend and her boyfriend.
Wu cursed at reporters and refused to answer their quetsions when he was brought in for further questioning yesterday morning.
Wu has a history of criminal activity which includes gambling and sexual assault against young females.
Head Prosecutor of the Yilan District Prosecutors Office Huang Chin-chiu said that according to the confession, Wu beat the girl on October 5, 2006, because she was being disobedient, resulting in her losing consciousness and eventually dying. Wu then put her body in a bandbag before sealing her up in the cement, Huang said.
Guided by Wu on Tuesday, the police and investigators found the rectangular cement block containing the girl's body near Wu's residence. The little girl was found in a half-sitting position inside a bag, wearing a necklace made of shells. After funeral parlor staff cut away the cement, authorities found that the little girl's face, torso, and limbs were all covered with bruises, Huang said, adding that those were the evidences of abuse treatments.
Li was seen sobbing uncontrollably when she was asked to identify her daughter's body Tuesday night.