Taipei--A man who killed a 4-year-old girl in a gruesome knife attack in Taipei last year was sentenced to life imprisonment by a district court in Taipei on Friday.
Prosecutors at the Shilin District Prosecutors Office, who had sought the death penalty for Wang Ching-yu (???), said they had not yet decided whether to appeal the sentence.
In their ruling, the judges at Shilin District Court said the man was found to be suffering from schizophrenia and therefore could not be sentenced to death.
They cited several international conventions that disallowed the death sentence against a schizophrenic defendant, including the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The judges, however, also said that Wang was determined to be cognitively normal and to have normal self-control ability at the time of the act, and was therefore not qualified for penalty exemption or commutation as stipulated in Article 19 of the Criminal Code.
The attack occurred on March 28, 2016 when the girl, nicknamed "Little Light Bulb," and her mother were on their way to a metro station in the city's Neihu District to meet other family members.
In a crime that shocked the nation, Wang grabbed the girl from behind and beheaded her with a cleaver despite her mother's frantic attempts to stop the attack.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel