Investigators to appeal against bail for 'Murder Cafe' suspects
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Prosecutors investigating the intriguing murder of a couple of cafe patrons in New Taipei stepped up efforts collecting evidence yesterday as they prepared an appeal against the bailing of three suspects.
March 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
Only the manager of the cafe, Hsieh Yi-wen, was detained Thursday over the death of the couple, while three other suspects, including the owner of the business, Lu Ping-hung, were granted bail due to a lack of substantial evidence.
Prosecutors and police continued to search for the weapon or weapons with which Chen Chin-fu and Chang Tsui-ping were murdered. The investigators were also trying to determine where the couple had been killed.
Hsieh had reportedly confessed to killing the couple and implicated the other three suspects. But she later recanted, denying the murder charges. The other three also denied they had anything to do with the deaths.
“They say I killed people. Where are the knives?” Lu told the press as he reported to police in Luzhou, New Taipei, a day after he was released. “I really didn't do it.”
He has to report to police at 10 a.m. every morning, a police official said.
The prosecution has to file an appeal against the suspects' bailing within five days after the release. But the appeal needs to come with new evidence.
The victims' bodies were found separately from the river more than a week after they had been reported missing. Investigators initially thought they had drowned as a result of accident or suicide, but autopsy results have shown that they had been stabbed to death before being thrown into the river.
They were last seen at the cafe in Bali, a New Taipei district across the river from Tamsui. They had often visited the cafe and are said to be on very friendly terms with Hsieh.
Hsieh was identified as a suspect after she was seen trying to withdraw money from Chang's bank account.
Hsieh only admitted that she found Chang's ATM card somewhere and tried to take money from her account.