27 Jun 2005

Attacker of Taiwan volunteer jailed for 7 years in Marshall Islands

8:16 pm on 27 June 2005

A Marshall Islands man who assaulted a Taiwanese volunteer in May has been jailed for seven years.

Chief Justice Carl Ingram said the jail term for Andy Jeilan is to be followed by an eight-year probation term.

He said the sentence was to demonstrate that this behavior is unacceptable.

The unprovoked attack with a metal pipe on Taiwanese volunteer Chao-Min Yeh left her with a fractured cheekbone and other facial injuries.

Jeilan had changed his original plea from not guilty to guilty of one count of attempting to commit murder in the first degree, and the Attorney General's office dropped two lesser charges.

The Marshall Islands is one of six countries in the Pacific with diplomatic links to Taiwan.