Suspect in murder, sexual assault was on parole, wearing electronic monitoring device at the time

A suspect arrested in relation to the murder and suspected sexual assault of a 29-year-old Vietnamese woman in Taoyuan City was on parole for a similar crime, and was wearing an electronic monitoring device at the time, police said today, August 6.

The 50-year-old man, named Wang, was arrested Monday, August 2, during an investigation following the discovery of the woman’s body in a coastal windbreak near the estuary of Houhu Creek in Xinwu District, Taoyuan City, July 31.

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The body was identified as an absconded Vietnamese migrant worker named Wu. Wu’s body had clear signs of suspected homicide, and her disheveled clothing also raised suspicions of a sexual assault.

During interrogation after his arrest, Wang confessed to bludgeoning Wu to death with a rock, but denied that he had sexually assaulted her.

An autopsy was performed on the body of the victim on Wednesday, and police are awaiting on DNA and other test results from samples taken.

According to the investigation so far, Wang had previously worked as a taxi driver and had criminal records for multiple cases of sexual assault on women.

Wang had been sentenced to a prison term of more than 20 years but had been released on parole last year after just over 10 years served.

Wang’s parole conditions included the requirement to wear an electronic monitoring device. However, the device, which monitors the parolees whereabouts is only turned on between curfew hours of 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. The device is designed to alert police if the parolee leaves his home between the hours of curfew. The device was not turned on at the time of Wu’s murder on July 23.

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