Patient sentenced to death for fatal Taiwan hospital fire
TAIPEI (AFP) - A cancer patient who started a fire in a Taiwan hospital - which killed 13 people and injured 60 others - because he was upset by his illness has been sentenced to death, a court said on Thursday.
"The court decided to impose the death sentence on Lin Chi-hsiung because of the large number of casualties he caused and because he showed no remorse for his crime," a spokesman for the Tainan district court in south Taiwan said.
Lin, 67, a patient at the nursing facility in Tainan city, was found guilty of last year triggering the fire by lighting tissue paper and throwing it into a storage room full of clothes.
He was arrested hours after the incident and has claimed he started the blaze because he was upset about suffering from cancer and other chronic illness.