The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the death sentence of a man who was found guilty of murdering his father by stabbing him more than 110 times, saying the ruling was an “agonizing decision.”
Chen Yu-an (陳昱安), of New Taipei City (新北市), was convicted of killing his father and sentenced to death by the Banciao District Court in June 2011, a verdict that was upheld by the Taiwan High Court.
According to the Supreme Court ruling, Chen, who had been unemployed for a long time, purchased a sashimi knife and a kitchen knife in September 2010 after he became infuriated by his father favoring his brother and constantly nagging him to get a job.
Two months later, Chen ambushed his father at the residence where he had been living with his parents in the city’s Sinjhuang District (新莊). He stabbed his father in the chest with the sashimi knife before attacking his face with the kitchen knife.
Chen’s father died at the scene after sustaining 111 stab wounds.
After factoring in statements made by Chen’s defense lawyer and prosecutors at a hearing called earlier this month to examine the justification for the death sentence, the Supreme Court believed that his crime was premeditated rather than a crime of passion, the ruling said.
The ruling said that while Chen had expressed regret over the murder, his mother has yet to forgive him and has requested the court to sentence her son to death to avoid “more deaths in the family.”
The court found Chen’s crime belonged to the category of what the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights terms as the “most serious crimes” and decided to uphold the death sentence, the ruling said.