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Schoolgirl dies after brutal campus attack

About 200 angry people gathered outside the Beitou Police Precinct Friday evening as he was being interrogated inside. They condemned him for what they called a "cold-blooded murder."

Kung's brother told reporters that the family was shocked by the news of the attack, but admitted they had a difficult relationship and had not been in touch with him for four years.

The brother offered an apology to the victim's family on behalf of the suspect, but said he would not ask the court to show him leniency.

The killing has again sparked a debate on the need for the death penalty as a deterrent to violent crimes.

A man who has been convicted of killing a boy he randomly picked up in a Tainan park has been spared the death penalty by the district court in the southern city and then the Taiwan High Court on the grounds that he is mentally ill.

The boy's aunt, Tseng Pei-chi, responded to the killing of the Taipei schoolgirl by angrily and strongly demanding that the law be changed to give mandatory death sentences to murderers who kill children under the age of 12.

Following his arrest, the Tainan killer has been cited as saying that no one would be sentenced to death for killing only one or two people.

Human rights activists have been campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty. Judges in Taiwan have also been reluctant to mete out the capital punishment.

Tseng said she had knelt before the judge presiding over the trial of her nephew's killer, begging him to hand down the death penalty.

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