The courts showed leniency for this murderer, and gave him a lighter sentence for murder, from the Front Page Sections, translated…
Lee held a grudge toward his friend, Chen, at the end of the year, two years ago, he’d gone to Chen’s resident, poured the gasoline around his place, committed arson, causing Chen to have burns on his body, he was rushed to the hospital, and died, the first trial found Lee guilty of murder, sentenced him to life in prison, the Kaohsiung High Subsidiary Courts considered how before he’d committed the crime Lee suffered from insomnia, and other problems, yesterday, based off of the rules of the laws of reductions in prison terms, sentenced him to sixteen years, and stripped him of his government position for ten years, this can be appealed.
Lee (age 53) has two sons with his wife, worked as a manual laborer at the fishing ports, but due to the reduction in the catches, his wages got cut to below $20,000N.T. per month, he’d started working as a temp at the waste water disposal unit, he’d also temped at the frozen foods factories as well.
In February of 2018, Lee planned to go into the shrimp business with his friend, Chen, but the work didn’t prove to be fruitful enough, he’d not made any money in six whole months, he’d attempted to kill himself by taking the medications; as he was rescued back, he’d, resumed working in the frozen foods factories again; because his second son is in college, and Lee was out of work for awhile, it’d, caused him economic stresses, plus he’d heard that Chen’s been spreading rumors on how he was lazy around, they’d gotten into an altercation in car sales too, and this, made him want to kill Chen.
On the evening of December 8th two years ago, Lee took a twenty kiloliter plastic keg to the gas station to fill up, the following day at around four in the morn, he’d, poured the gas onto Chen’s steel shack, ignited the fire around Chen’s residence, then, ran off, two hours later, he’d returned back to the scene drunk, told the police that he’d, committed arson.
Back then, because Chen was, asleep inside, by the time the firefighters got him out, he’d had second, third degree burns covering over eighty-percent of his body, as he was rushed to the hospital, he’d, died.
The first trial took into considerations, that Lee turned himself in, that he’d, admitted to what he’d done, that he he’d not reached a settlement agreement with the families due to his lacking of income, that he wasn’t someone without humanity, but the families of the victim asked the courts for a severe sentence, the courts charged him with murder, sentenced him to life in prison, and he’d had to, pay the family members of the man he’d murdered, a total of $2,547,500 N.T.s.
The second trial in the Collectivist Courts found, that Lee was originally sentenced to the death penalty, but because he’d qualified for the sentence reduction for turning himself in, but the first trial didn’t consider that he’d shown signs of depression, was mildly retarded, was insomniac, or suicidal, plus he’d pleaded guilty and was willing to apologize to the families of the victim, but the families of the victim wouldn’t accept his apologies, and that they’d not reached a settlement agreement due to his lacking in ability in paying them, believed that life sentence was still, too harsh, the Collectivist Courts reduced his sentence to only sixteen years.
And so, this is how a mental illness can, gets you a more lenient sentence, and because this man who’d, murdered his friend showed a good attitude (Whatever that meant!) after he’d turned himself in, and was willing to pay the victim’s families, that’s why he got off, easy.