A court in Taiwan yesterday upheld the life sentence handed down to a man who’d murdered and dismembered his sister then pickled her head.
Chen Chia-fu, 39, was arrested and later indicted for the 2012 murder of his sister, a gruesome crime which was dubbed by local media as “the pickled head case” after police in Chiayi county found the woman’s severed head wrapped in a plastic bag and rubbed with layers of salt. The man had reportedly killed her for an insurance payout of around 200,000 USD.
Chen was sentenced to life in prison in 2014 on the grounds that he’d had no previous criminal record and had grown up in an “abnormal” family, according to AFP. Chen, who’d pleaded not guilty, appealed to the high court and the top court, although both have upheld the original sentencing.
“The court rejected the appeal due to insufficient reason for the defendant’s claim of a lack of evidence to convict him of murder,” the supreme court said in a statement.
The rest of the woman’s body has yet to be found.
[Image via The Straits Times]