Brother arrested in decapitation case
By Enru Lin ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chiayi police reported yesterday that the prime suspect in Chen Wan-ting's (陳婉婷) grisly beheading is her older brother, a New Taipei City resident with a history of mental illness.
March 18, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Chen Chia-fu (陳佳富), 37, was arrested early yesterday on suspicion of murdering his sister in New Taipei City and leaving her head in a public restroom in rural Chiayi.
He stood to collect upwards of NT$6 million in insurance claims upon his sister's death. Between 2012 and 2013, the suspect had his sister insured multiple times, according to the Criminal Investigation Brigade of the Chiayi County Police Bureau (嘉義縣刑警大隊).
After receiving an arrest warrant, authorities escorted Chen Chia-fu to Chiayi for questioning.
Shortly afterward the mother of the suspect and victim delivered formal documentation of the former's mental illness. Due to the disability, the suspect was questioned with an attorney present.
Hsu Min-che (許明哲), chief of the special investigation unit, told media that there is probable cause to suspect Chen Chia-fu's involvement in the murder.
Surveillance footage shows the suspect carrying two black plastic bags in Sanchong District at 4 a.m. on March 13.
On the same day at 11 a.m., a person with the suspect's height and build was captured by a surveillance camera in Chiayi County some 100 meters from where police found the victim's head. The figure in the footage was carrying a white plastic bag, according to Hsu.
The suspect denied all criminal charges during questioning on Sunday.
Interrogated over a still image of the surveillance footage, Chen Chia-fu appeared disturbed but gave no admission to the murder, according to Chiayi police.
Chen Chia-fu did confirm that he took out four insurance policies on his sister worth NT$3 million, NT$1.5 million, NT$1.55 million and NT$310,000, for a total of NT$6.36 million. The claims name two beneficiaries, the suspect and the Chen siblings' mother.
Chen Wan-ting had been insured “to safeguard her life,” Chen Chia-fu reportedly told police during questioning.
Back in New Taipei City, Sanchong District police told media that Chen Chia-fu had resided with younger sister Chen Wan-ting, who also had a history of mental illness.
Despite sharing a home, the siblings saw little of each other, according to preliminary investigations by Sanchong authorities.
The victim loitered in a nearby vegetable market during the day, while the suspect spent work hours at odd jobs.
According to police, the suspect recently requested time off from his position as a cook. Prior to taking leave, Chen Chia-fu borrowed rubber gloves and knives from his employer, police reported.
He is suspected of murdering his sister and leaving her head in a public washroom in rural Shuishang (水上鄉), Chiayi County.
At 4 p.m. last Friday, the Datong Police Precinct received an anonymous crime alert requesting that “kind-hearted police officers help out and take care of the corpse.” Chiayi police found the severed head but not the victim's body at 5:30 p.m. the same day.
Murder suspect Chen Chia-fu, center, is escorted to a police station for questioning in Chiayi County, yesterday. The suspect stood to collect upwards of NT$6 million in insurance ...