Dapu pharmacy owner's death ruled suicide: forensics institute
By Ted Chen , The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Institute of Forensics Medicine, Ministry of Justice yesterday ruled the death of a man involved in the controversial Dapu case as a suicide.
October 24, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
Chang Sen-wen (張森文) was the proprietor of a pharmacy that was razed on orders of Miaoli Magistrate Liu Cheng-hung (劉政鴻) to pave the way for a development project, along with three other properties in Dapu village.
Autopsy and toxicology reports indicate no signs of foul play attributable to Chang's death, according to forensic examiners. Evidence also suggests that Chang did not struggle before his death. Although traces of alcohol were found in Chang's blood, the amounts were not anomalous, said forensic examiners.
Prosecutors concluded that Chang did, in fact, take his own life. According to prosecutors, Chang was fully conscious, alive and free from the influence of substances and external forces as he leaped to his death from a bridge in Dapu.
On the prosecutors' ruling, Chang Yuan-hao (張元豪), son of the deceased man, stated that he has accepted the results despite many lingering questions. According to Chang, at the final moments of his life, his father would have struggled in the water. However, no traces of mud and dirt were found under his father's fingernails, and no evidence suggesting his father had tried to climb out of the river were uncovered, said Chang.