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American Convict Kills Himself in Courtroom in Taiwan


HONG KONG — An American man who had been convicted of growing marijuana in Taiwan killed himself in a courtroom after he was sentenced to a four-year prison term, according to court officials.

The man, Tyrel Martin Marhanka, 41, slashed his throat with a pair of scissors on Thursday, the Changhua District Court said in a written statement. He was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved.

He had been convicted of growing marijuana at his home in Changhua, in central Taiwan, and of importing marijuana and opium poppy seeds. A prison term of up to seven years was possible, but the court gave him a lesser sentence of four years because he had not sold marijuana and was growing it for his own use.


When a court interpreter told Mr. Marhanka the sentence, he replied, “Four years?” The Taipei Times reported, quoting witnesses. He said he did not want to appeal the decision.

“I don’t want to live any more,” he said, before taking out two metal objects, apparently a disassembled pair of scissors, and then cutting his neck, the newspaper reported.


The court said it felt “deep regret” at Mr. Marhanka’s death. An initial investigation found a magazine that he seemed to have used to conceal the scissors. A metal detector apparently did not uncover the scissors when he entered the building. The court said that the building did not have enough space for a more advanced scanner but that it would install X-ray machines in a new building.

Mr. Marahanka was not in detention before the hearing, and did not show any outward indications of suicidal impulses, the court said. Mr. Marhanka had a wife and two children in Taiwan and had lived there for several years. He had worked as an English teacher, but his neighbors said he lost his job after he was charged in the marijuana case, the Central News Agency reported.

His death is likely to raise questions about security standards in Taiwan’s judicial system. Last year, inmates in a prison in southern Taiwan used scissors from a workshop to take guards hostage. They broke into a prison armory to seize firearms, which six of the inmates used to kill themselves, prompting calls for improved oversight


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HONG KONG — An American man who had been convicted of growing marijuana in Taiwan killed himself in a courtroom after he was sentenced to a four-year prison term, according to court officials.

The man, Tyrel Martin Marhanka, 41, slashed his throat with a pair of scissors on Thursday, the Changhua District Court said in a written statement. He was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved.

He had been convicted of growing marijuana at his home in Changhua, in central Taiwan, and of importing marijuana and opium poppy seeds. A prison term of up to seven years was possible, but the court gave him a lesser sentence of four years because he had not sold marijuana and was growing it for his own use.


When a court interpreter told Mr. Marhanka the sentence, he replied, “Four years?” The Taipei Times reported, quoting witnesses. He said he did not want to appeal the decision.

“I don’t want to live any more,” he said, before taking out two metal objects, apparently a disassembled pair of scissors, and then cutting his neck, the newspaper reported.


The court said it felt “deep regret” at Mr. Marhanka’s death. An initial investigation found a magazine that he seemed to have used to conceal the scissors. A metal detector apparently did not uncover the scissors when he entered the building. The court said that the building did not have enough space for a more advanced scanner but that it would install X-ray machines in a new building.

Mr. Marahanka was not in detention before the hearing, and did not show any outward indications of suicidal impulses, the court said. Mr. Marhanka had a wife and two children in Taiwan and had lived there for several years. He had worked as an English teacher, but his neighbors said he lost his job after he was charged in the marijuana case, the Central News Agency reported.

His death is likely to raise questions about security standards in Taiwan’s judicial system. Last year, inmates in a prison in southern Taiwan used scissors from a workshop to take guards hostage. They broke into a prison armory to seize firearms, which six of the inmates used to kill themselves, prompting calls for improved oversight


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Dayum.

Crazy that the Stanford rapist got 6 months and this guy got 4 years?

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Dayum.

Crazy that the Stanford rapist got 6 months and this guy got 4 years?
those asians are known for having very heavy laws when it comes to drugs


dont buy/sell drugs in any asian country, unless you want a bullet to the head or a long sentence

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4 years and he didn't even sell it. Crazy indeed. But like. In a weird way I kinda understand him. Imagine those prisons. Eesh

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A tad drastic for a 4 year sentence....

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SEE.... MARIJUANA KILLS!

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Re: American Convict Kills Himself in Courtroom in Taiwan

What a drama queen.

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He had been convicted of growing marijuana at his home in Changhua, in central Taiwan, and of importing marijuana and opium poppy seeds. A prison term of up to seven years was possible, but the court gave him a lesser sentence of four years because he had not sold marijuana and was growing it for his own use.
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arhanka was arrested in April 2015 after police discovered a large stash of illegal drugs at a rented house which he lived in.

The drugs included hundreds of growing cannabis plants, 195 dried cannabis plants and 10 opium poppies.

He told police the plants were a “hobby” that he intended to use on his own and that he had no intention to sell them.

Medics who rushed Marhanka to the local hospital said the victim’s neck had 12cm and 7cm lacerations on the left and right sides respectively.

He was still conscious when they arrived at the hospital, but died about 30 minutes later.
hundreds of plants ain't no hobby and he lived there for over 15 years so he should have known better but he took the selfish way out leaving his wife and kids behind alone.

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Re: American Convict Kills Himself in Courtroom in Taiwan

He died a coward GoT style too.

Also like nobody thought it was weird the convict do attatched to whatever roll of magazines or newspapers he had to conceal the scissors?
And where did he get such sharp scissors?

This reminds me i need mine at my home sharpened

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