NT$50,000 bail set for girlfriend of UK hit-and-run fugitive
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Bail was set at NT$50,000 with travel restrictions for a woman accused of helping convicted criminal Zain Dean flee the country.
February 5, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
Recovered phone data indicate that Dean's girlfriend, Tung Yu-chi (董玉琪), had facilitated his escape, but Tung was evasive during questioning, according to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office.
Prosecutors accused Tung of booking an international flight on Dean's behalf.
Last Aug. 8, Tung allegedly helped Dean book a flight for “David” through a travel agency. During questioning on Monday, Tung maintained that Dean told her “David” could not read enough Chinese to book the flight on his own.
Dean, a UK national, was sentenced to four years in prison last July 26 on charges of killing a newspaper deliverer in a hit-and-run in 2010. He fled Taiwan last Aug. 14 using the passport of “David,” an English teacher who is also a UK national.
His whereabouts are currently unknown. The Taipei District Prosecutors Office placed Dean on the wanted list this Jan. 29.
On Monday, prosecutors set bail for Tung at NT$50,000 with a restriction on exiting the country. She is facing potential charges of document forgery (偽造文書) and assisting the escape of a criminal, a violation of the Immigration Act (入出國及移民法).