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article imageTeenager in Taiwan Chops Off Father's Hands, Alleges Abuse

By Chris Dade     Sep 29, 2009 in Crime
A 17-year-old boy in Taiwan was arrested by police after he severed the hands of his father in revenge for what he alleges have been years of physical abuse.
The attack by the boy happened on Monday, whilst his father, a divorced ironsmith, was asleep at the family home in Central Miaoli, a county in the northwest of the island.
According to the Earth Times a police officer has confirmed that the teenager cut through his father's left wrist and right elbow because he was angry at having been told to find a job to support himself whilst he studied at night school. And the officer provided yet more details of the incident when he said:The boy, with the help of his teenage friend, first hit the victim's head with a baseball club four times when he was sound asleep in his room Monday night. When the father was awakened by pain and tried to resist the attack, the son assaulted him with a long knife, causing more than 10 cuts on the father's body
However MSNBC, whilst confirming that the arguments over the boy's refusal to find a job were one reason for the attack, also reports, quoting the Apple Daily newspaper, that the teenager is claiming his father often beat him and threw a chair and other unspecified objects at him. Those beatings allegedly occurred over a period of 10 years, after the teenager's mother left home.
Doctors have been able to reattach the father's hands and the 37-year-old man is said to be in a critical but stable condition.
Neither the father or the son have been identified by their full names, only their surname of Fan has been made public.
It appears that the teenager was not arrested at the scene of his crime, a juvenile court has to decide if he is to face charges in due course, as the Earth Times says that he fled after attacking his father and was arrested later. He has apparently shown no remorse over what he did.
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