High court reduces sentence of train explosion suspect

Taipei--The Taiwan High Court on Tuesday reduced a man's sentence from 30 years to 29 years and 10 months for setting off an explosion in a train in Taipei in July 2016 that injured 25 people, including himself.

In withdrawing the previous ruling handed down by the Taipei District Court and issuing a new verdict, the high court said it decided to shave two months off the sentence of the defendant, Lin Ying-chang (???), because the offense did not result in any deaths.

Lin was found guilty of detonating a homemade explosive device on a commuter train as it was pulling into Songshan Railway Station late on the night of July 7, 2016.

The Taipei District Court in February sentenced him to 20 years in prison for attempted murder and 10.5 years for manufacturing explosives, which the court then combined into a 30-year sentence.

At a trial hearing at the district court, Lin argued that he intended to commit suicide and did not have any intention to kill others.

Then at a hearing during the high court trial, Lin said he did not produce any explosive devices but only brought with him explosive powder used in firecrackers and detonated it on the train after he lost control of his emotions.

But those appeals seem to have had little effect on the judges in his case.

Lin was indicted by prosecutors on Nov. 17, 2016 on charges of attempted murder, endangering public safety and violating the "Controlling Guns, Ammunition and Knives Act," and recommended that he be given a 30-year prison sentence.

The case can still be appealed.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel