Extraordinary appeal filed in child abuse case
By Jenny Wang, Special to The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Prosecutor General Huang Shi-ming (黃世銘) filed an extraordinary appeal over a child abuse case yesterday morning, deeming that the original judgment made by the court was not suitable for the offense.
August 28, 2013, 12:24 am TWN
A 2-year-old child, Wang Hao (王昊), was taken from his mother by her boyfriend, Liu Chin-lung (劉金龍). Liu left the boy with three men from Oct. 11 to Nov. 1 of 2011. During that time, Liu and the three men abused the child physically and forcibly injected him with amphetamines and heroin. The High Court sentenced Liu to 30 years in prison for child abuse resulting in death.
The extraordinary appeal pointed out that the child died because of the synergy of amphetamines and heroin in his body. The fact that Liu forced the child to take drugs should have been treated as a homicide instead of injury resulting in death.
The original ruling stated that the use of heroin resulted in the damage of human organs. In addition, it is more likely for a child to overdose on heroin compared to a fully grown adult. The defendants used violent and brutal methods to inject drugs into the child; however, the ruling said that there was no evidence to prove that Liu and the three others intended to kill the boy. The prosecutor general, believing that there was an intention to kill, filed the extraordinary appeal based on what he believes was a failure to properly consider the evidence.
Liu was an experienced drug user; nevertheless, he abused the child by injecting drugs six times within three days. The initial ruling said that Liu had instructed the others to send Wang to the hospital after discovering that Wang had overdosed on drugs, actions that suggest that Liu didn't intentionally kill the child. The extraordinary appeal was filed under the assumption that the ruling was improper and failed to take the evidence into account.
Wang Wei-chun (王薇君), the victim's aunt, was thankful for the attention of the prosecutor general and his team. She said that if the court sentenced the defendant for abusing a child to death resulting in the death penalty, these kinds of cases would definitely be reduced.