A 68-year-old man living in an elderly care center in New Taipei City is said to have committed suicide after killing his 76-year-old roommate. Initial police investigations revealed that the two had long had frequent altercations with each other. Here's our report from Banciao, New Taipei City.
CCTV footage showed that at 2 am, the 68-year-old was seen in a red coat and went back to his room from the toilet. The murder was disclosed and reported to the police at around 3 am when the caregiver was about to feed Lee. The preliminary investigation showed that there were 4 roommates in the crime scene, 3 of whom had difficulty walking and had to lie in bed. Chiu was homeless and lived in the center under the arrangement of the city's Department of Social Welfare. However, he had quarrels with the 76-year-old roommate for a long time.
==LIN TZU-HSIANG police chief, New Taipei City, Banciao Precinct ==
There used to be nagging and swearing between the two, which led to scuffles. As for the real motive, it needs further investigation.
The police also confirmed that Chiu was in possession of a fruit knife. However, the Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly thought care centers generally regulate dangerous items such as knives and that the center in question was negligent in management. A small-size center like this one has no social workers to step in to settle the quarrels, which later led to the murder case.
==WU SHU-HUI Sec-Gen., Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly==
The elderly live together and this will result in quarrels. In fact, it's commonly seen in many places. However, if dealt with properly, the situation can be settled easily. Social workers used to step in to settle the quarrels. For example, they will try to understand whether misunderstanding or living habits cause differences between them.
The Federation for the Welfare of the Elderly said the elderly often quarrel because they live in the same room and that the quarrel should be dealt with in the first place. The police took a statement from the owner of the long-term care center, trying to clarify the cause and process of the case.
TRANSLATED BY：BRYANT CHANG
警方也確認,刀子是邱姓嫌犯所有,平常是削水果用的, 不過老人福利聯盟認為, 一般養護機構會管制刀子等危險物品,管理上應該有疏忽,另外,小型照顧中心,人力配置上沒有社工,錯失第一時間介入排解糾紛,才擴大成殺人命案。
許恆慈 張梓嘉 新北市報導
ELDERLY CARE CENTER RESIDENT COMMITS SUICIDE|長照中心悲劇 老人殺害老人後尋短
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