The New Taipei City District Court yesterday approved prosecutors’ request to detain a 63-year-old woman on suspicion of murdering her husband by allegedly slashing his throat.
Police quoted the woman, surnamed Chi (季), as saying that she and her 72-year-old husband originally lived in Hsinchu, but later moved to New Taipei City’s Sanchong District (三重).
The woman said in an affidavit that her husband had beaten her after drinking alcohol on Tuesday, and she allegedly used a knife to slit his throat and stab him in the chest five times at about 1am on Wednesday.
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She then called the police an hour later to turn herself in, it said.
Over the 30 years that Chi had been married to her husband, she had reported domestic abuse 10 times — six times in Hsinchu and four times in New Taipei City, police records showed.
She had rejected filing a restraining order against her husband until the latest incident a month ago, police said.
Chi’s son and daughter had for years asked her to relocate or to live separately from her husband, but Chi reportedly declined because she feared “losing face,” and believed that family matters should stay within the family, the police report said.
When giving her affidavit, Chi said she committed the act because she could no longer take the abuse.
Chi’s daughter told police that she had witnessed her mother being domestically abused for many years, and that she had been diagnosed with depression because of the incidents.
Additional reporting by Wang Ting-chuan
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