An American father-of-two has killed himself in a Taiwan court after being given a four-year prison sentence. English teacher Tyrel Martin Marhanka plunged a pair of scissors into his neck and severed his arteries on Thursday at the Changhua District Court, moments after a judge handed him the jail term for possessing marijuana and opium.
The Taipei Times reported that he was then asked if he wanted to appeal the sentence, but refused.
He then got angry and shouted: ‘I don’t want to live anymore,’ before taking out two metal blades, according to witnesses. Marhanka then stabbed himself on both sides of the neck, severing the arteries.
He was then taken to hospital but died a short time later.