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Court Shows No Mercy for Grave Cases

16:48 April 14, 2017 replay time02:06

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You might remember the murder at Gangnam Station and the abuse and murder of Won-young in Pyeongtaek, the two cases that angered the nation last year.

The Supreme Court has sentenced the perpetrators of these two cases to severe punishments.

Chung Ho-yoon has more.


Last May, a man surnamed Kim murdered a woman he had never seen before by stabbing her to death in a public restroom near Gangnam Station in Seoul.

<Kim / Perpetrator> "I have no personal grudge against the woman I killed so I do feel sorry for her."

Inciting debates of misogyny, Exit 10 of Gangnam Station was covered with flowers and post-its commemorating the victim.

In both the first and the second trials, the court sentenced Kim, who suffered from schizophrenia, a type of mental disease, to thirty years in prison.

The Supreme Court confirmed the sentence of thirty years in prison, ruling, “We uphold the original judgment that the crime is so grave and a severe punishment is inevitable."

In February of last year, a seven-year-old child named Shin Won-young died after cruel abuse by his parents. He was just about to enter elementary school.

The boy suffered from burns all over his body from chlorine bleach, usually used for cleaning, that his stepmother had poured over him and died locked up in the bathroom.

<Kim / Stepmother of Won-young> “(Did you mean to kill the child?) No. (Why did you lock him up in the bathroom?) He was not behaving himself.”

This incident raised public awareness of child abuse and sent a strong message to society, leading to the passage of a law to prevent another such case.

In the first trial, the stepmother Kim was sentenced to twenty years in prison, and the father Shin to fifteen years. In the second trial, the court additionally acknowledged emotional abuse as a crime, increasing their sentences to twenty-seven years and seventeen years, respectively.

The cold-hearted parents argued that they never intended to kill the child, but the judges showed no generosity and upheld the original judgment.

Chung Ho-yoon reporting for Yonhap News TV.

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