Teacher arrested over killing of store owner

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Police have arrested a teacher in connection with the killing of a musical instrument store owner in Kaohsiung.

The suspect, surnamed Hsu, confessed that he killed the victim, also surnamed Hsu, by accident during a heated quarrel over an unsettled debt at the store in the southern city's Fengshan district last month, police said.

But police said they still have to verify the claim with the victim's wife, surnamed Yang, who has been detained in connection with the killing.

The store owner was found lying dead and naked with injuries to his head in the second-floor bathroom of his store on Jan. 24. His wife was arrested and detained as a suspect.

Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the teacher, who teaches English at a cram school in Kaohsiung.

The suspect told police that he had lent NT$600,000 (S$25,000) to the store owner, who refused to repay the debt.

On the early hours of Jan. 24, the two quarrelled over the debt on the second floor of the store, during which the victim was killed.

The suspect claimed that Yang helped him move the body to the bathroom and strip him of his clothes.