Fri, Feb 29, 2008 - Page 4 News List

Wife charged with beating, confining estranged husband

AFP , TAIPEI

A naturalized Taiwanese woman of Chinese origin has been arrested for allegedly beating her estranged Taiwanese husband with wooden sticks and chaining him up in her home for more than a month, police said yesterday.

The victim, identified only by his surname, Hsu, suffered multiple wounds and bruises all over his body and had lost 20kg because of a lack of food, Kaohsiung City police said.

"She put socks in my mouth to keep me quiet when beating me and only gave me food every three or four days ... She threatened to kill me and our son if I went to the police," a visibly shaken Hsu told CTiTV.

Police said Hsu was forcefully taken by his wife, identified only as Lin, to her Kaohsiung apartment last month and chained to a window.

Hsu, 42, met the 34-year-old Lin, who hails from Fujian Province, through a match-making agency and they married nine years ago, police said.

Lin apparently complained that her husband made too little money and began abusing him four years ago, police said, adding that she had sought a divorce but he refused "for the sake of his son."

The case only came to light when social workers and police went to Lin's house after the son, aged eight, had missed several weeks of school.

Lin admitted to confining her husband but said she was upset because he refused to take care of their son and often demanded money from her, police said.

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