TAIWAN - Taipei District Court yesterday ruled for Wan Shao-cheng and army soldier Ma Yin-hung - two suspects in the killing of a police detective - to be detained and held incommunicado.
Five other defendants, including another soldier, Wang Pei-an, and military police officer Tung Yu-tang, were released by the court on bail of NT$100,000 (S$4,186) each over their alleged involvement in the brutal killing of police detective Hsueh Chen-kuo.
Wan, allegedly a member of the Bamboo Union, turned himself in to police in Taipei with his lawyer on Sept. 19. Taipei police said they discovered Wan and Ma's fingerprints on a red velvet rope pole, which weighs over 5 kilograms and is believed to have been used as one of the murder weapons.
The Taipei District Prosecutors Office (TDPO) on Sept. 20 requested that the Taipei District Court detain and hold the pair incommunicado as prosecutors believe the pair pose a flight risk and may collude with other suspects.
Two Detained Suspects Deny the Killing
Police said that during the questioning session, Wan denied he had encoraged other suspects to kill the victim, he also said there was no way he could have used the velvet rope pole to hit Hsueh as his left arm was injured. Wan said he picked up the pole with his right hand but dropped it immediately, police added. Ma also insisted that he was simply a passerby and he did not attack the victim, police said.
MND on the Case
The Ministry of National Defence (MND) yesterday afternoon held a press conference, saying that the three military personnel allegedly involved in incident do not have prior criminal records, nor do they have gangster backgrounds.
The MND said it will dispatch counselors to keep the two bailed-military personnel under observation and will levy punishment on the pair in accordance with the Act of Punishment of the Armed Forces. The defence ministry also said that it will forbid pair serving in any position that requires possessing guns.
When asked by reporters why the MND did not discover the alleged involvement of the three, the ministry responded by saying that the three did not tell anyone about their alleged involvement so the ministry did not know the details.
Another Suspect Transferred to Prosecutors
The Taipei Police Department's Xinyi Precinct yesterday afternoon transferred 22-year-old suspect Yi Pao-hung to the TDPO for another round of questioning. Yi was arrested by Taipei police on the afternoon of Sept. 20 as his fingerprints were also discovered on one of the weapons.
Police and prosecutors have been identifying the suspects by reviewing surveillance footage and collecting their fingerprints from the weapons that were allegedly used to kill the detective, such as baseball bats, beverage bottles and metal pipes.
As of yesterday, a total of 30 suspects had been summoned for questioning after the incident, which occurred on Sept. 14. Apart from Wan and Ma, suspects Tseng Wei-hao, his girlfriend Liu Hsin-tung and Hsiao Jui-hung are currently being detained and held incommunicado over the brutal killing.