Patient sentenced to death over Tainan hospital fire
AFPTAIPEI--A cancer patient who started a fire in a Taiwan hospital — which killed 13 people and injured 60 others — because he was upset by his illness has been sentenced to death, a court said on Thursday.
March 15, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
“The court decided to impose the death sentence on Lin Chi-hsiung because of the large number of casualties he caused and because he showed no remorse for his crime,” a spokeswoman for the Tainan district court in south Taiwan said.
Lin, 67, a patient at the nursing facility in Tainan City, was found guilty of last year triggering the fire by lighting tissue paper and throwing it into a storage room full of clothes.
He was arrested hours after the incident and has claimed he started the blaze because he was upset about suffering from cancer and other chronic illnesses.
The fire erupted before dawn at the nursing facility, whose 115 patients included people in their 90s, with several left on their own to escape dense smoke that filled the building.