Man given life sentence for killing brother, stealing identity

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Taipei, Aug. 6 (CNA) A 48-year old man who confessed to murdering his brother, chopping off his hands and stealing his identity in an attempt to avoid jail and defraud an insurance company was sentenced to life imprisonment Monday by Taichung District Court.

The man, surnamed Lin (林), got into debt and was involved in multiple lawsuits after his company went bankrupt. To avoid being sent to prison, he decided to kill his brother and steal his identity.

Lin's mother had taken out life insurance policies on both brothers and offered Lin a certificate to help him apply for documents in his brother's name.

On June 1 last year, Lin asked his brother out for a drink and, after getting him drunk, took him to a redevelopment site where he killed him.

In order to misdirect the police investigation, Lin left his own driving license and ten dice at the crime scene, chopped off his brother's hands and burned the body.

After he was arrested, Lin denied any involvement in the crime until faced with his brother's wife in court, when he broke down and confessed to the murder.

Lin had been indicted on charges of murder and fraud. The Taichung District Court sentenced him to life imprisonment on Monday, and his mother to three months for forgery, which can be converted into a fine of NT$90,000 (US$2938.55).

(By Chao Li-yen and CNA intern Wang Szu-chi)
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