TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A man has admitted to having helped his friend in the killing of a sixth-grade boy, according to Hsinchu police.
A 12-year-old boy, surnamed Lin, was found dead in an apartment rented by a suspect, surnamed Lee, yesterday. Lin's parents became worried when he failed to return home after school on May 12 and alerted authorities.
Police later found the missing boy, who was reported to have possibly been strangled to death, as well as the 25-year-old Lee lying unconscious next to the boy. Police officials suspect that Lee had been unconscious due to a pesticide that had been sprayed indoors. Lee regained conscious after he was sent to Hsinchu Cathay General Hospital. He was still too weak for questioning as of press time.
Another suspect, surnamed Chen, was arrested in Chiayi and taken to Hsinchu for questioning. He told the police later yesterday that he was asked by Lee to help kill Lin. Chen said Lee promised him NT$500,000 (S$21,500).
Chen was identified in video footage of him following Lee, who had been carrying the sixth grader's limp body from one apartment to the fourth floor of another, both possibly Lee's living quarters.
Five suicide notes allegedly written by Lee in the names of one junior high student and four elementary students he is apparently well-acquainted with were also found in the apartment.
According to Lee's neighbours, he and Lin had an amicable relationship and they were mystified as to how the sixth grader had ended up dead in Lee's apartment. Other neighbours said they heard pounding on the windows of Lee's apartment the night of the boy's death, and were shocked to learn that a possible murder had occurred near them.
Authorities are considering the idea that Lee murdered the younger boy and the possibility that Lee could be a pedophile. According to online media, numerous photographs of Lee with other young boys were found in his apartment.