Miaoli police yesterday announced they had made an arrest in the murder of a female National United University student from Miaoli County, after the body of a young woman, surnamed Lin (林) was discovered on Friday.
Chief suspect Lin Kun-han (林昆翰), 22, a male student at the university who was arrested on Saturday, had confessed to the murder, police said.
Police said they had found footwear and clothes hidden in Lin Kun-han’s apartment that were stained with blood, which on further examination was found to match the victim’s DNA.
According to the police, Lin Kun-han said he did not know the woman even though they lived in the same apartment building near the university.
Lin Kun-han was quoted by the police as saying that on Thursday afternoon he saw the woman outside her apartment with bags, at which point he asked her whether she needed help moving, to which she said no.
Police said Lin Kun-han allegedly later went to the woman’s room twice to ask for her cellphone number, but she refused to give it to him.
He grabbed her cellphone from the table and tried to dial his own number. That reportedly led to a physical conflict as the woman tried to get her cellphone back, at which point Lin Kun-han allegedly pulled out a knife, which he had on his person, and attacked her.
The woman was stabbed a total of 17 times and died at the scene, police said.
Police added that according to the suspect, after the attack he undressed the woman and attempted to rape her, but failed.
Police said Lin Kun-han has no medical history of mental illness, but added that investigators would examine the matter further.