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Man confesses to killing 10-year-old in gaming arcade

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.

December 2, 2012    carlostpe24@
In my personal opinion it’s a cold-blooded killing deserving the death penalty for the suspect. I know the Taiwanese are enraged, calling for torture and execution of the culprit. As for no comments here-until mine-I feel it’s a lack of sympathy-cold heart, it’s none of my concern style attitude- for the victim from foreigners and overseas Chinese-because they’re used to reading about many crimes in their home countries, especially the U.S.
December 3, 2012    jok@
WTF....
December 3, 2012    curtisakbar@
This man shows the reason why Taiwan needs to keep the death penalty. Taiwan should be more like China and start killing prisoners again. Some people will never change and if released from jail will destroy more lives. Why should taxpayers pay for his food and bed when he is scum!
December 4, 2012    dontwatchcrapTV@
carlostpe24@ wrote:
In my personal opinion it’s a cold-blooded killing deserving the death penalty for the suspect. I know the Taiwanese are enraged, calling for torture and execution of the culprit. As for no comments here-until mine-I feel it’s a lack of sympathy-cold heart, it’s none of my concern style attitude- for the victim from foreigners and overseas Chinese-because they’re used to reading about many crimes in their home countries, especially the U.S.
Seriously? I doubt most foreign readers BOTHER watching the sensationalist TV news channels here, who strive to do all their research from Facebook or Twitter... While CNN isn't much better, we tend to read news more than watch it on TV...

Regarding the cold feeling you refer to, it is unlikely that a story of this nature would feature on international news channels, it is only a national story. However, I suspect that much of what you refer to is only going on in your own head...
December 4, 2012    conorwhite@
So where were this child's parents? A 10 year old alone in an internet cafe, though it looks like a gaming arcade from the picture.

In such a case vigilance seems the best option
1) Parents should know where their kids are at all times
2) Kids must be told to ignore or walk away from strangers, or report strangers
3) Arcade or internet cafes should not minors (under 15) unless accompanied by adults
December 4, 2012    jessiets515@
carlostpe24:

You ""know the Taiwanese are enraged"" + no comments are ""a lack of sympathy-cold heart""?
1. You are contradicting yourself, 2. What exactly are you trying to say here? 3. With any senseless & abhorrent crime in Taiwan, you seem to grasp the chance to show how ''moral'' you are compared to us Taiwanese, or 4. You are saying that readers of this paper, in particular, are cold and non-caring compared to other Taiwanese.
December 4, 2012    skier_rich@
conorwhite@ wrote:
So where were this child's parents? A 10 year old alone in an internet cafe, though it looks like a gaming arcade from the picture.

In such a case vigilance seems the best option
1) Parents should know where their kids are at all times
2) Kids must be told to ignore or walk away from strangers, or report strangers
3) Arcade or internet cafes should not minors (under 15) unless accompanied by adults
I can agree with 1 and 2, but not with 3. This was a horrible crime committed by an individual, and has nothing to do with the arcade. Your suggestion and the recent KMT proposal to punish the arcade are misguided. Replace the word "arcade" with "MRT station," "street," "toy store," or "bus stop" and you see what I mean. If a murder of a child had been committed at any of these places, should be impose an under 15 law for them as well?
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This CCTV image shows a murder suspect, surnamed Zeng, walking toward a men's restroom at an video game arcade in Tainan City with the 10-year-old victim. Zeng confessed to killing the boy, but police are continuing their investigation.

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