Man confesses to killing 10-year-old in gaming arcade
By Linger Liu, The China Post
December 2, 2012, 12:00 am TWN
The China Post--The suspect in the murder of a 10-year-old boy at a Tainan video game arcade told police yesterday that he felt the urge to kill in order to be sent to prison.
The police detained the 29-year-old suspect, surnamed Zeng (曾), at an Internet cafe hours after the body of the victim, surnamed Fang (方), was found lying in the men's restroom at the video game arcade yesterday morning. Blood spatter was found on the wall and door. Prosecutors said the boy died from excessive blood loss due to a long cut across his throat that sliced through his trachea. According to police, the victim died immediately.
Director of the 6th police district of the Tainan City Police Department Liu Yi-zong (劉怡宗) said the police had gone through CCTV footage and found one suspect, aged between 20 to 30, who went into the restroom before having a chat with the victim. The suspect then returned to the restroom with the boy after their conversation. Less than five minutes later, the suspect left alone and departed the arcade on a scooter.
Shortly after witnessing the footage, police arrested Zeng at an Internet cafe in the north district of Tainan City. The suspect appeared calm while being taken into custody, and later confessed to the killing.
Aside from his desire to go to prison, Zeng gave no explanation as to why he committed the crime. The police also found a possible murder weapon, a Swiss Army knife. The suspect did not answer any questions from the press.
Investigators found the suspect had been unemployed for a long period of time and exhibited some anti-social characteristics. He maintains a distant relationship with family members, and claims to have a psychological condition, saying he has sought medical help in the past. The prosecutors remain skeptical as to the truthfulness of his statements.