Taipei, An Indonesian migrant worker sentenced to 15 years in prison for homicide by the high court had his conviction upheld by the supreme court which on Thursday dismissed his appeal that the crime was manslaughter.
According to the Supreme Court, the defendant Jaryanto (??), who was in his mid-30s, and the victim Sopiah (??), 40, developed a romantic relationship while working odd jobs in the Lishan area of Taichung after leaving their documented places of official employment.
In February 2017, the couple decided to surrender themselves to the authorities so they could be repatriated to Indonesia and they approached an Indonesian grocery store owner in Yilan County for assistance.
The store operator, surnamed Chang (?), allowed Jaryanto and Sopiah to spend the night at the premises after first contacting the authorities about surrendering.
However, the night before the couple were due to hand themselves in on Feb. 14, 2017, they became involved in a heated argument that turned deadly. According to investigators Jaryanto pushed Sopiah's head into a wall, kicked her in the face and stabbed her with a sharp metallic object.
When Jaryanto discovered Sopiah was no longer breathing, he hid her body in a cardboard box and tried to clean up blood stains at the scene.
However, neighbors heard the incident and when Chang returned to check on the couple, he found the premises to be in a state of disorder and Jaryanto acting suspiciously. As a result, he notified the police.
Shortly thereafter, police officers arrived at the scene, finding Sopiah's lifeless body in the cardboard box and Jaryanto's hands stained with blood.
After Jaryanto was arrested, he admitted to beating Sophiah but said he did not mean to kill her.
According to the Taiwan High Court, consideration was given to the fact that Jaryanto had no criminal history during his five years in Taiwan. The court also took into account his confession to parts of the crime in passing a sentence of 15 years, which was upheld Thursday by the supreme court.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel