Arsonist gets death sentence for causing nine deaths

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Li Kuo-hui (李國輝, front, center)/CNA file photo

Li Kuo-hui (李國輝, front, center)/CNA file photo

Taipei, June 7 (CNA) A man accused of setting fire to an apartment building that led to the death of nine people last November was convicted and sentenced to death by the New Taipei District Court on Thursday.

Li Kuo-hui (李國輝), 49, an ethnic Chinese from Myanmar, was found guilty of causing the deaths of nine people when he ignited a fire in the apartment building where he lived in New Taipei's Zhonghe District on the night of Nov. 22, 2107 because he thought some of the other tenants were bullying him.

In its ruling, the court said Li resorted to an extremely cruel act to vent his anger, which cost the lives of nine innocent people, and he was a tremendous threat to other lives, property and the entire society.

Footage from surveillance cameras showed Li dousing the stairs on the third and fourth floors with gasoline and setting fire to them with a cigarette lighter, according to prosecutors. Shortly after, he changed his clothes and returned to the scene of the fire, prosecutors said.

It was not the first time Li was charged with arson, as he had been indicted by New Taipei prosecutors in connection with two fires May and June in 2017. No one was injured in those incidents and Lee was indicted.

(By Wang Hung-guo and Flor Wang)
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