Kaohsiung District Court detains Army cadet over attempted murder
By Joseph Yeh, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Kaohsiung District Court yesterday approved prosecutors' request to detain an Army cadet over an attempted murder in the Southern Taiwan city.
February 20, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The cadet was arrested late Monday for allegedly stabbing another cadet at the Military Academy in Kaohsiung, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said yesterday.
Speaking at an MND press conference in Taipei, academy superintendent Liu Te-chin (劉得金) expressed regret over the incident.
According to Liu, the arrested cadet, surnamed Wu, is a freshman in the academy. The academy suspects that Wu, under stress after falling behind in his schoolwork, committed the crime in order to be expelled, Liu said.
Wu was trying to escape from his dormitory at the academy around 3 a.m. Monday but was stopped by a cadet standing guard nearby, according to Kaohsiung police authorities.
Wu alleged took a knife and stabbed the on-guard cadet twice in the back before escaping the campus, police said.
The wounded cadet was sent to a nearby military hospital for emergency medical treatment and his situation stabilized following surgery. He is currently hospitalized in an intensive care unit.
The academy later reported the case to military police. Wu was arrested around 10 p.m. Monday by military police at an Internet cafe in Taichung.
Liu said that Kaohsiung prosecutors are currently probing the case.
Wu is facing charges for attempted homicide, according to prosecutors.
Liu pledged that the academy will conduct a full-scale review to prevent such an incident from happening again.
It will also beef up its management on cadets and ensure that the cadets' safety is the academy's top priority, he added.
Speaking at the same press conference, military spokesman Luo Shou-he stressed that the MND took the case seriously and has demanded the Army conduct reviews as soon as possible.