Suspects in gruesome murder of Canadian get prison sentences

02/15/2020 03:40 PM
Oren Shlomo Mayer (CNA file photo)
Oren Shlomo Mayer (CNA file photo)

Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) Three Americans and one Taiwanese were convicted and sentenced on Saturday in the brutal murder of a Canadian citizen in Taiwan in 2018, according to the New Taipei District Court.

The main suspect, Oren Shlomo Mayer, received life imprisonment, while his accomplice, Ewart Odane Bent, was given 12 years and six months after they were both found guilty of killing Sanjay Ryan Ramgahan and of dismembering and abandoning his body, the court announced in its verdict.

Another accomplice, Jason Eugene Hobbie, was sentenced to 18 months for aiding and abetting the murder, the court said.

Taiwanese Wu Hsuan (吳宣), meanwhile, received six months in jail also for aiding and abetting the crime.

The defendants can appeal the case.

The four were arrested accordingly by Taiwan police after Ramgahan's dismembered body was found on a riverbank under Zhongzheng Bridge in New Taipei's Yonghe District on Aug. 22, 2018.

Mayer fled Taiwan after the murder but was tracked down in the Philippines two weeks later, after Taiwanese police notified Philippine authorities.

According to the court's verdict, the four defendants were involved in the illegal drug trade. Suspecting that Ramgahan had informed police about their illicit act, Mayer decided to kill him.

The court document noted that on Aug. 21, 2018, Mayer contacted the victim through an online messaging app and arranged to meet him at a riverside park in Yonghe later that evening.

They were then joined by Bent, Wu and Hobbie, who were asked by Mayer to tag along. Mayer and Bent took turns to strangle Ramgahan's neck with a chainsaw chain before Mayer cut the victim's throat with a machete. Mayer and Bent then dismembered his body together.

The victim's body parts were then chucked into the nearby Xindian River, including the tools used to murder him.

(By Sunrise Huang, Y.F. Low and Ko Lin)


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