Trial of metro knifeman set to begin
Central News Agency
2014-08-12 10:47 PM
Taipei, Aug. 12 (CNA) The New Taipei District Court is set to begin a high-profile murder trial of the man suspected of embarking on a stabbing spree on the Taipei Metro system in May, killing four passengers and injuring another 22, the court announced Tuesday. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old university student Cheng Chieh, will be brought to the court the following day to face trial, the court said. The initial session will focus on the proceedings of the case, such as requiring the prosecutors in charge of the case to detail the facts of the crime, requiring both the prosecution and defense to examine and certify the evidence, subpoenaing witnesses, and deciding the order in which the evidence should be examined. Cheng was indicted July 21 by New Taipei prosecutors, who have recommended that the suspect be given the death penalty because of the brutality of the crime and his lack of remorse. The prosecutors said that during their investigation, a mental health evaluation carried out by National Taiwan University Hospital shows that Cheng was not suffering from mental instability or in a state of insanity when he went on his rampage. Cheng has been charged with four counts of murder and 22 counts of attempted murder for his actions on a moving subway May 21 just before evening rush hour. The trial is expected to attract many spectators, given that most of the family members of the victims in the only killing spree on a Taiwanese metro system have said they will show up. Cheng's parents, meanwhile, have not been seen in public since they offered a public apology to the families of the victims May 27. (By Wang Chao-yu and Elizabeth Hsu)
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