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Woman allegedly stabs brother, two years after quarrel

By Huang Chien-hua, Huang Hsu-lei, and Stacy Hsu  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

Bickering between a sister and brother from Greater Kaohsiung two years ago allegedly escalated to attempted murder on Friday, after the sister reportedly stabbed her brother three times in the back.

At about 10pm on Friday, Chen Chia-ying (陳佳營), 22, was sleeping when his sister, 27-year-old Chen Yi-chun (陳宜君), allegedly stabbed him three times in the back with a fruit knife at the home they share with their mother and grandmother.

Because Chen Chia-ying’s mother was not at home and his grandmother was asleep at the time, he called the police himself while laying in a puddle of his own blood before being taken to the Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-ho Memorial Hospital in Sanmin District (三民) for emergency treatment.

Although some of the stab wounds sustained by Chen Chia-ying penetrated his lungs, he survived and is recovering in an intensive care unit, police said.

Chen Yi-chun, who was arrested with the murder weapon in her hand, reportedly told police that her actions were triggered by a fight she had with her brother about two years ago and that “the idea to murder her brother had been brewing in her mind ever since.”

Chen Yi-chun’s mother was quoted by the police as saying that her daughter did not have a history of mental illness, but had not spoken to her brother in the two years since their squabble.

Police said that because Chen Yi-chun has been unemployed for some time and dependent on her mother’s income, the fight with her brother could have injured her self-esteem and fueled her animosity.

“The fact that Chen Yi-chun constantly locked herself in her room and lacked a mediator to assuage the hostile situation [between the pair] could also be a catalyst for the tragedy,” the police said.

The 27-year-old has been detained by police.

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