Man indicted for Taiwan's first subway murders (update)
Central News Agency
2014-07-21 10:55 AM
Taipei, July 21 (CNA) A college student was indicted Monday for allegedly stabbing four passengers to death and injuring more than 20 others on a subway train in the first such incident in Taipei Metro's 18-year history, according to the New Taipei District Prosecutors Office. Cheng Chieh, 21, was charged with four counts of murder and 22 counts of attempted murder, following the random attack on a moving train just before the evening rush hour on May 21. In the indictment, the prosecutors asked the court to give Cheng the death penalty for the crime, which they characterized as "mass killings" that were "heinous and appalling". The prosecutors described Cheng as someone who is "anti-social, narcissist, apathetic and suicidal" but said psychological tests have indicated that he is fit to stand trial. Cheng has been in detention since the day of the incident, when he was overcome by other passengers and by police after the train on the Nangang/Banqiao/Tucheng Line pulled into Jiangzicui Station in New Taipei. (By Wang Hung-kuo and Jay Chen)
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