Killer of 6 drags his feet: execution delayed for an hour

A man convicted of killing five family members and a foreign caregiver in an arson attack was executed at the Taipei City Detention Center last night, after being dragged to the execution ground by a bailiff, and the prison administrator, according to reports in Taiwan’s local media. The Crime Lunar New Year’s Eve, February 7, 2016, Weng Ren-xian (翁仁賢), then 50, took advantage of the annual family gathering at their home in Longtan District, Taoyuan City, to inflict maximum damage

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Police seek suspected arsonist after fire in Taipei City sees 4 injured, 500 people evacuated

Taipei City police are attempting to identify a man suspected of arson after a fire engulfed four ground floor businesses in a 12-storey mixed commercial and residential building in Taipei City this morning, December 7. According to reports, around 500 people were evacuated, 134 were rescued by firefighters, and four people were treated in hospital after a fire broke out on Linsen North Road at around 8:45am. Taipei City Fire Department dispatched 35 fire appliances, 7 ambulances, and 107 firefighters

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Speedster Sets Fire to Speed Camera to Destroy Evidence

A man was arrested in Tainan City yesterday, after a speed camera was set on fire earlier this week. At around 2:00am, Monday, October 1, firefighters in Tainan City responded to a report that a speed camera was on fire on Yongcheng Road. After the fire was extinguished a preliminary investigation determined that the fire had been deliberately lit. Police investigators accessed roadside traffic camera footage which showed a man putting tires under the camera, soaking them in gasoline, and

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Arsonist Handed the Death Penalty

A man who was found guilty of setting fire to an apartment building in Chonghe District, New Taipei City, taking the lives of nine people in November, 2017, was sentenced to death, in a verdict handed down by the Taipei District Court today, June 7. [See previous story: 9 Dead in Apartment Fire: Arsonist Arrested] Li Guo-hui (李國輝), had argued in his defense that a tenant of the building had constantly provoked him, and that “voices” had told him to

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Man Throws Petrol Bomb at Hospital

A man threw a petrol bomb into the lobby of a hospital in Taipei City Saturday afternoon, in order to express his dissatisfaction about surgery he received at the institution. A man with the surname Weng, 42, was dissatisfied that he was still experiencing pain after ankle surgery he received late last year. On the afternoon of April 21, he filled a rice wine bottle with gasoline at a gas station in Danshui District, then rode his scooter to the

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1 Dead, 7 Injured in Taipei Fire: Arson Suspect Arrested

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire swept through a residential apartment in Taipei City in the early hours of the morning today, March 1. A 54 year-old woman died in the blaze, while 7 people were treated for minor injuries. The second-floor apartment on Longjiang Road was divided into wooden cubicles and rented as staff quarters for a steak restaurant downstairs. It is believed that a man named Zhang had a dispute with a

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Fatal Arson Attack was a Criminal Cock-up

According to the testimony of suspects and evidence collected by police, the men who set fire to a restaurant, leaving one dead and four injured Thursday evening, had not intended to start a fire, but had merely wanted to splash paint in the restaurant in order to intimidate a debtor. The paint, however, was mixed with lacquer and paint-thinner, and as the liquid came into contact with flames on the gas stove, the mixture ignited, causing an instant, intensive blaze

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Arson Attack Leaves at least One Dead in New Taipei City Blaze

[Breaking News: Rapid updates expected] Witnesses reported seeing petrol bombs thrown at a restaurant in Tucheng District, New Taipei City, before the premises broke into flames that spread to residential apartments in the 5 storey building. Four serious injuries have been reported, including 3 who had lost vital signs at the scene. A 28 year-old woman jumped from a third floor balcony, and was reported to have suffered fractures to her legs, but was conscious after concerned neighbors placed quilts

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9 Dead in Apartment Fire: Arsonist Arrested

At least 9 people died and 2 were injured after an arsonist set fire to timber stacked in a staircase on the 4th floor of an apartment building in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, yesterday, November 22. A 49 year-old man was arrested this morning after witness reports and CCTV footage identified him as a suspect. As the fire was started in the staircase, residents on the 4th floor, and in an illegally constructed residence on the 5th floor, were

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10 Injured in Family Arson Case: Brother Arrested

A man set fire to his family’s home in the early hours of this morning in Keelung City. A total of 9 people, including a 1 month-old baby required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation. Mr Yang, 29, had long resented the way he was treated by his elder and younger brothers. He claims to have lost his temper after family members looked at the contents of his cellphone. Yang, who is said to be on the autistic spectrum, told police

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Man Sentenced to Death for Murder of Relatives

A Taoyuan man was sentenced to death today, February 13, for a multiple murder by arson committed Chinese New Year’s eve 2016. February 7, 2016, Weng Ren-xian (翁仁賢), 51, purchased 20 liters of gasoline and distributed it into various containers on the second floor of the house. He then waited for his older siblings to gather with their families in the first floor dining room before pouring gasoline around the house in Longtan, Taoyuan City. A total of 16 people

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