A 29-year-old man is being held in custody after he turned himself in on Thursday afternoon for allegedly stabbing a woman to death in Nantou County and killing her three dogs earlier in the day.
Police quoted 29-year-old Lee Ming-che (李明哲) as saying he had pursued the woman’s 27-year-old daughter, surnamed Wang (王), for some time and had once dated her, but her parents were opposed to the relationship.
On Thursday morning, Lee drove from Greater Taichung to Nantou County’s Puli (埔里) to the home of the victim, 50-year-old Liang Hsueh-mei (梁雪梅), and allegedly stabbed her more than 10 times, fatally wounding her in her neck, police said, adding that Lee also killed Liang’s three Maltese dogs.
According to a police report, Lee wrapped Liang’s corpse and the three dogs in plastic bags and placed them in the trunk of his car.
He then drove back to his home in Greater Taichung at 1pm on the same day.
Police said that Lee had planned to take a high-speed train from Taichung to Tainan, where Wang is studying in a nursing school, and kill her.
However, police said Lee felt remorse and on realizing he could not escape the law, he walked into a police precinct in Zuoying District (左營) in Greater Kaohsiung at about 6pm on Thursday.
A member of the victim’s family was quoted by police as saying that Lee had wanted Wang to be his girlfriend, but that she had always refused his advances.
When contacted by police, Lee’s parents said he was enrolled in the Army Academy and was training to be an officer, but was unable to handle the pressure at school.
They said Lee had caused a public scene last year when he went to the building where Wang lives and threatened to commit suicide by jumping off the roof.
As of press time, police were still investigating the case.
Additional reporting by Tung Cheng-kuo