Taiwan prosecutors seeking death penalty for suspect in schoolgirl stabbing

Taiwan prosecutors seeking death penalty for suspect in schoolgirl stabbing
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TAIPEI - Prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty for Kung Chung-an, whom they have indicted for the murder of an 8-year-old girl.

The Shilin District Prosecutors Office said Kung should be sentenced to death to improve Taiwan's social atmosphere and to protect law and order. They are also requesting the lifetime deprivation of his civil rights.

Prosecutors said the method with which Kung killed the girl was so fierce that he has caused great suffering to the victim's family and society as a whole.

On May 8, Kung allegedly assaulted an 8-year-old girl surnamed Liu after jumping a wall into the Wenhua Elementary School in Beitou District of Taipei City. The girl suffered a fatal knife injury to her neck.

Kung had said the reason he intruded into his alma mater to commit the crime was because he suffered from workplace pressures and auditory hallucinations.

In June, Kung was sent to receive several psychiatric examinations at the Taipei Veterans General Hospital Department of Psychiatry.

The hospital has found that Kung did not have a mental disturbance or defect when allegedly committing the crime, according to the authorities.

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