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Taiwan Kaohsiung High Court cuts Filipina teacher's death sentence to life in prison

Taiwan Kaohsiung High Court cuts Filipina teacher's death sentence to life in prison

A Filipina teacher accused of murder saw her death sentence cut to life in prison by the Kaohsiung High Court yesterday because of attenuating circumstances.
On Sept. 12, 2007, Armia Nemencia Panaglima reportedly killed Chiu Mei-yun, a Taiwanese broker of English teachers, during an argument about money, bound her body and put it in black garbage bags before dumping her on a street in Kaohsiung.
Panaglima's U.S. friend was originally detained as a suspect because she used a vehicle a Japanese teacher had loaned to him to transport the body, but he was later allowed to leave the country.
Panaglima did not plan the killing, and did not steal a large amount of money from the victim, court spokeswoman Weng Ching-chen told reporters after the verdict.
Because the death sentence was the most severe penalty under the law, the court had considered international trends and the Taiwanese situation where successive governments promised to consider the abolition of the death penalty while executions were delayed, Weng said.
The court spokeswoman admitted there had been no agreement on compensation and relatives of the victim were not willing to forgive her, while prosecutors had demanded a death sentence. The 39-year-old woman stabbed Chiu 16 times after the broker refused to lend her money, prosecutors said. She forced the broker to reveal pin numbers for her cash cards and after watching her die at her boyfriend's apartment, she withdrew NT$66,500 from the victim's accounts in addition to running off with NT$24,000 in cash, according to prosecutors.


Updated : 2021-06-19 09:40 GMT+08:00