Cop who shot unarmed foreigner dead claims in defense: Couldn’t see blood for dark skin

A police officer who shot a naked, unarmed man dead in Hsinchu County two years ago pleaded in his defense yesterday that he did not notice the first four shots he fired at close range had penetrated the victim, because the man was “dark skinned”. The defendant’s statement in court was greeted by shudders, as the case already tainted by allegations of racism, unfolded in yesterday’s trial. On August 31, 2017, the young police officer, Chen Chung-wen (陳崇文), then 22

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Vigilantes clash with police over suspected child abuse case in Taichung City

Police arrested several people who clashed with police and trespassed on a property in Taichung City last night, after a mob of around 500 people gathered to demand the arrest and detention of a woman suspected to have inflicted severe physical abuse on a child in her care. Friday morning, June 21, a one-year-old girl was sent to hospital suffering intracranial hemorrhage, a fractured arm, and severe bruising on her head, chest, and back. The babysitter, Ms Guo, who had

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Taiwan’s Reefer Madness extends to hemp seed oil: Public cautioned

Narcotics control authorities in Kaohsiung City warned the public not to purchase oil of unclear origin after traces of THC were detected in flax seed oil imported into Taiwan. After being informed by a member of the public, officials from the Kaohsiung City Government Department of Substance Abuse Control and Prevention were shocked to find that people were openly selling hemp seed oil products on the Internet. The bureau also cited a case of a woman who imported flax seed

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Prison administrators face challenge as number of elderly prisoners increases

As Taiwan faces the challenges of an aging population, prison administrators are also encountering the problem of an increase in the number of elderly prisoners requiring special care behind bars. According to statistics of the Ministry of Justice, Agency of Corrections, the number of elderly prisoners first exceeded 1,000 out of the total population of 60,000 inmates in 2015, and has been increasing year by year ever since. At the end of April, 2019, the number of prisoners over 65

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Hundreds of couples register same-sex marriage, first foreign spouse applies for family visa

Hundreds of same-sex couples registered marriages around Taiwan today, as legislation passed May 17 came into effect. According to an SETN report, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) recorded 363 same-sex marriage registrations nationwide by 2:00pm, including 116 male couples, and 247 female couples. As some Household Registration offices will be open until 8:30pm, the MOI will release the final figures for today’s marriage registrations at 9:00pm. China Times reports that the National Immigration Agency (NIA) received the first same-sex

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Man who jumped from building with 1-year-old daughter dies

A man who jumped from a third-floor residence in New Taipei City while holding his one-year-old daughter last Sunday died today, after life support systems were removed. At around 11:00pm Sunday evening, the 23-year-old man named Lin had an argument with his 19-year-old ex-wife, named Dong (董), at a residence the divorced couple shared in Sanchong District. When Lin’s ex-wife, left with their 6-month-old son, Lin took the 18-month-old girl and jumped from a window. When Ms Dong reached the

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Suspect arrested after pinhole cameras found in Taipei City toilets

A 46 year-old computer engineer was arrested in Zhonghe District yesterday after pinhole cameras were found in two toilets in Taipei City in recent days. On Friday, May 3, a man named Wang noticed a suspicious hole in a toilet plunger placed next to a toilet in a convenience store. Mr Wang turned the plunger over and found a pinhole camera installed inside the suction cup. Police began an investigation and found that the camera had around two hours of

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Playboy arrested after pretending to sodomize police officer on video

The son of a wealthy businessman was arrested in the early hours of the morning today, after an investigation into a video showing him pretending to perform a sex act on a police officer when the officer bent over to write a speeding ticket. February 24 this year, Lee Weide (李威德), 25, was traveling with friends in Cheng-gong Township, Taitung County, when he was pulled over by a police officer for speeding. A video of the incident uploaded to social

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11-year-old boy survives 15-floor fall

A boy in Kaohsiung City is in a serious condition, but conscious and able to speak, after falling from his family’s 17th floor apartment onto a second floor awning this evening, April 15. At around 5:35pm, neighbors called emergency services after being alerted to the fall by the boy’s mother’s screams. Firefighters who attended the incident on the corner of Guanxing Street and Mingcheng Road, found the boy conscious and writhing in pain. “My stomach hurts,” the boy said. The

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Prosecutors drop charges against Taiwanese man accused of sexually assaulting French exchange student

A 40-year-old man accused by a 17-year-old French girl of using his position of power and influence to entice her into a sex act, had charges against him dropped after prosecutors decided the relationship was probably consensual. Local media reports say that a hearing was held by Hsinchu District Prosecutors yesterday, April 8. It appears from the reports that the alleged victim was not present at the hearing, and that evidence was presented from statements made to police, and the

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Canadian arrested in Tainan after damaging car and shoving police officer

A man of Canadian nationality was arrested in Tainan City in the early hours of the morning today, after shoving a police officer responding to reports that the man was hitting a parked car with a motorcycle helmet, according to reports in Liberty Times, and United Daily News. The 46-year-old man named Gosal was reported to police after allegedly harassing a female convenience store clerk on March 31, and April 1. Police responded to reports several times, and twice brought

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