Taiwan jails man for sword attack on presidential guard

China | 23 Mar 2018 12:17 pm

A man who attacked a military police officer with a sword outside the Presidential Office last year was sentenced by the Taiwan Taipei District Court yesterday to seven years in prison.

In its ruling, the court rejected Lu Chun-yi's statement that he did not intend to cause injury but had struck at the guard's gun with the sword because the guard tried to stop him from entering the Presidential Office.

The sword was deflected by the gun and accidentally slashed the guard's neck, Lu, 51, told the court.

The court, however, found him guilty of the charges brought against him and sentenced him to six and a half years in prison for attempted murder and 10 months for stealing and carrying a lethal weapon.

According to investigators, Lu stole the Japanese military sword on August 18, 2017 from the Armed Forces Museum in Taipei after smashing the display case with a hammer.

He then went to the guarded west wing of the Presidential Office on the intersection of Bo'ai Road and Changsha Street in Taipei, where he wielded the sword and struck at the neck of a guard, prosecutors said.

Lu was overpowered by other guards before he could reach the Presidential Office building and police later found a People's Republic of China flag in his bag, prosecutors said.

Following investigations, the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said Lu's actions appeared to be politically motivated.

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