Train explosion suspect sentenced to 30 years in prison

Taipei--The Taipei District Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to 30 years in prison for setting off an explosion in a train in Taipei in July 2016 that injured 25 people, including himself.

The man, Lin Ying-chang (???), 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.

He was sentenced 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 court on Wednesday, Lin argued that he intended to commit suicide and did not have any intention to kill others.

At the time of the incident last July, police quickly identified Lin -- one of six people who were seriously injured in the blast -- as the probable suspect behind the explosion within a day after the blast occurred.

On Nov. 17, 2016, prosecutors indicted Lin 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.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel