Man beheads four-year-old girl in Taiwan

Girl beheaded by man in Taipei who had history of mental illness and received psychological treatment

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A man leaves a message on a memorial book at a makeshift memorial near the site where a girl was found decapitated outside a metro station in Taipei, Taiwan, March 28, 2016.

Taiwan's state Central News Agency (CNA) announced that a four year-old girl was beheaded in a random knife attack.

The incident occurred on Monday morning. A 33-year-old man attacked the girl with a cleaver in full view of her mother as they were on their way to a metro station in the country’s capital Taipei.

The mother of the murdered child said that her daughter got stuck while she was riding her bike few meters away from her.

She said that she saw a man approaching the girl and at first she thought that he was going to help her but instead he has drew the knife and decapitated her.

"I saw the suspect slashing my daughter with a cleaver. I immediately grabbed him but I could not pull him away," she said.

Bystanders heard the mother’s screams for help and rushed to restrain the attacker until police arrived.

According to initial investigations the assailant, identified as Wang, bought the knife in a supermarket and waited near a metro station.

CNA reported police sources said that the man had a history of mental illness and had received treatment at a psychiatric hospital.

The suspect was detained at a police station. Officers attempted to escort him out of the building but were forced to take him back inside after a large crowd tried to lynch him.

In 2014, 21-year-old Taiwanese man Cheng Chieh went on a mass stabbing spree on the Taipei metro system, killing four people and injuring 24 more.


TRTWorld and agencies