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Depressed man sentenced to life for killing thieving friend

MIAOLI, Taiwan -- The Supreme Court handed down the final verdict on Monday, sentencing to life a motorist for killing his friend whom he had suspected of stealing NT$700.

Huang Tien-chung, 35, was sentenced to death twice at the first and second trials.

On May 23 last year, Huang and his friend Wang Sheng-tien had a row. Huang was driving his car, taking Wang back home to Miaoli, when he found he had lost NT$700.

Huang suspected Wang of stealing his money.

The motorist, who has depression records, threw Wang’s belongings out of the car window. The car stopped, and Wang tied himself with a rope to get down into a valley to pick his belongings up.

Then Huang started the car and tried to speed away, with Wang in tow.

Wang was mortally wounded after he had been dragged for over 300 yards.

Because he was depressed, the Supreme Court verdict said, Huang’s death sentence was commuted to life.

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