'Murder Cafe' owner held after confessing to double homicide
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Shihlin District Court yesterday ordered a New Taipei City coffee shop owner to be detained after she confessed to killing a wealthy businessman and his professor wife who were found dead in city's Bali District (八里) recently.
March 8, 2013, 12:16 am TWN
The chief suspect Hsieh Yi-han (謝依涵) had admitted during yesterday's court hearing that she was responsible for the double homicide of the 79-year-old businessman Chen Chin-fu (陳進福) and his 58-year-old wife Chang Tsui-ping (張翠萍), the court said yesterday.
The court did not specify the motive for the crime but prosecutors have suspected she killed the couple for money.
Another three suspects in the case surnamed Lu (呂) Ou (歐) and Chung (鍾), however, all denied any involvement in the death of Chen and Chang, the court said.
They were released on bail of NT$2 million, NT$500,000 and NT$300,000, respectively, but they are barred from leaving the country, it added.
The bodies of Chang, an assistant professor to the Shih Chien University and her husband Chen were found separately on the coast in Bali District recently.
Investigators said the couple was last seen at Hsieh's coffee shop in Bali on Feb. 16.
Chen's body was found near the coast on Feb. 26, while Chang's body was discovered last week near the same location.
Investigators initially alleged that the couple fell into the Tamsui River and drowned until an autopsy found knife wounds in the chests of both bodies, suggesting that they died before falling into the water.
Investigators later found that the couple frequently visited Hsieh's coffee shop and were close to the shopkeeper.
According to police accounts of the case, Chen, a rich businessman, was getting very close to the 30-year-old Hsieh.
Hsieh had asked Chen to be her godfather but the proposal was rejected by Chang. Witnesses said the couple had arguments over the matter, according to the account.