Wed, Oct 11, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Teenage soldier commits suicide in Chiayi County


A 19-year-old recruit was found dead yesterday in his family's orchard in Chiayi County with a list of six soldiers in one hand, police said.

Kuo Jen-huang, who was stationed in Taichung, reportedly committed suicide by drinking pesticide.

His family said Kuo had talked about the stress and pain of his army service several times, a police spokesman said. Whether his death was the result of the army's improper discipline should be investigated by military prosecutors, the spokesman said.

Kuo's family said the teenager had been in the army for four months and was scheduled to return to his camp after the long holiday weekend, but his body was discovered by family members during a search.

His father said Kuo had often complained about life in the army, saying he had suffered "great pressure." His family had appealed to army officials, but Kuo became even more distressed and asked his family not to intervene again, the father said.

Kuo's family said they hope military prosecutors will investigate whether Kuo was bullied by more senior soldiers.

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