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Suspect in Huashan murder indicted

2018/08/14 21:40:52

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Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) The prime suspect in the murder and dismemberment of a woman in Taipei's Huashan Grassland area earlier this year was indicted Tuesday, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said.

Chen Po-chien (陳柏謙), a 37-year-old archery instructor, was arrested on June 18 and confessed to strangling a 30-year-old woman surnamed Kao (高) but prosecutors were investigating whether he had any accomplices.

On Tuesday, Chen was indicted on charges relating to forced sexual intercourse and intentionally killing the victim, mutilating and disposing of a corpse, the prosecutors' office said in a press release.

According to investigators, the crime took place on June 1, when Chen strangled the woman, one his students, at his studio in Huashan Grassland in fit of drunken rage because she had rejected his sexual advances.

Chen kept the body in his tent for two days at Huashan Grassland, a designated temporary artists' village, then dissected it and carried the parts on his motorcycle to the northern slope of Yangmingshan, where he disposed of them along the way, investigators found.

The victim had attended several of Chen's archery classes and was at a gathering at his studio on the fateful night, according to investigators.

Police launched a search for Kao after her family reported her missing, and Chen was later identified as the main suspect.

(By Wang Yang-yu and William Yen)