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Man indicted over sister murder, decapitation

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chen Chia-fu (陳佳富) yesterday was indicted by the Chiayi District Prosecutors Office over the murder of his sister Chen Wan-ting (陳婉婷) in an attempt to collect insurance payouts, accusing him of also desecrating and abandoning her corpse.

Chiayi prosecutors said after four months of investigation, they determined that on Dec. 9 of last year Chen choked his sister to death with his bare hands and dismembered her corpse with a kitchen knife at his home in New Taipei City (新北市).

Chiayi chief prosecutor Chen Chao-ting (陳昭廷) said Chen decapitated his sister's corpse, shredded her remains, threw them into a sanitary sewer and transported her head to Chiayi County (嘉義市).

Chiayi prosecutors said they believe that in 2011 Chen pretended to have a mental disorder and obtained a mental disability handbook from the government and has been collecting social welfare subsidies since then.

Prosecutors said Chen last November purchased four insurance policies for the victim and made himself the beneficiary.

Chen Wan-ting was reported missing last Dec. 17 by her mother.

The victim's head was found in a public toilet in a temple near Chiayi County's Shuishang Village on March 15, after the police were notified by an anonymous letter signed "a good person." The head was covered in salt.

Chen was arrested on March 17, and was ordered detained by the Chiayi District Court on March 18.

Prosecutors said according to camera footage, Chen regularly carried a huge black plastic bag to work. Prosecutors believe Chen's action were an attempt to create a normal routine in order to confuse people so he could abandon his sister's head without arousing suspicion.

Tracing Evidence

Prosecutors said Chen has dismissed each allegation. They have provided evidence including the head of Chen Wan-ting and a kitchen knife to the Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Institute of Forensic Medicine for further examination.

Prosecutors have been tracing evidence from walls and a septic tank of Chen's apartment in New Taipei City over the past four months, prosecutors said, noting that the Chiayi District Prosecutors Office also requested a hospital to re-examine Chen's mental state.

New Taipei City recently dispatched three search and rescue dogs to Chen's apartment, prosecutors said, noting that the dogs smelled traces of blood in several locations in Chen's home, including the balcony, bathroom, the floor underneath the sofa in the living room, the closet in a bedroom and a pot in the kitchen.

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