Considering this guy’s violent past you would think he would have been locked up long ago before he did something like this:
A man in his 50s who poured gasoline on his ex-girlfriend and set her alight was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
The woman, also in her 50s, suffered serious burns and died of complications two weeks after the incident in March 2016.
The Seoul Southern District Court on Monday found the man guilty of attempted murder.
“It was a premeditated crime,” Judge Shim Gyu-hong said. “The ruling was made after taking into account the nature and circumstances of the crime and his criminal record that indicates there are high chances of him committing another crime.”
He had been convicted more than 20 times for violent acts.
The man lived with the woman for a year in 2005. She dumped him in 2006. He tried unsuccessfully to restore the broken relationship over 11 years.
In March 2016, the man visited the woman at work holding a bag containing a gasoline-filled container and a lighter. When she refused to talk to him, he opened the container, poured the gasoline onto her head and set her on fire. [Korea Times]
What I don’t understand is how is this a conviction for attempted murder when the woman died in the hospital two weeks later? It seems like murder to me.
Regardless of the circumstances with the father, to kill the baby like this is just horrible:
A Thai woman threw her newborn baby out of a 17th-story window after her married South Korean boyfriend dumped her, according to local reports. The boyfriend, 40, identified only by his surname Kim, was the baby’s father.
According to reports, Netchanok Nokyungtong, 20, told police she had been in a relationship with the South Korean man for two years, but after she became pregnant he urged her to abort the baby and then returned to Korea.
The woman gave birth in her flat, put the baby in a bag and threw it out of the 17th-floor window of her flat in Pattaya, a resort city.
Speaking to local paper the Chiangrai Times, Colonel Apichai Khemphet, head of Pattaya Police, said, “Miss Netchanok Nokyungtong gave birth in a bathroom where blood was found on the floor.She said she was shocked and not ready for the birth.
“The boyfriend is a married foreigner from South Korea who did not want to stay with her. She was heartbroken because he returned to his family.” [Korea Times]
You can read more at the link.
Just think that if this anchor baby business was going on in a far off US commonwealth like Saipan, how many more of these operations must be going on back on the US mainland?:
A Chinese man, living on Saipan illegally for several years after overstaying his tourist visa, opened a tourist birthing business, using dozens of illegal workers from China as caretakers, according to federal court documents.
The unlicensed business, run out of an apartment complex, catered to as many as a dozen pregnant women at a time, each paying at least $15,000 so their children could be born on U.S. soil, documents state.
Sen “Sam” Sun operates a birthing-tourism network on Saipan that caters primarily to Chinese tourists, according to a criminal complaint filed against him this month in the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.
Sun, who allegedly has been in the CNMI illegally since 2014, after overstaying his tourist visa, was indicted on charges of harboring illegal aliens, unlawfully employing aliens, and money laundering.
He was arrested Nov. 3 on Saipan, the day the indictment was filed, according to an arrest warrant. [Guam PDN]
You can read more at the link, but some how I doubt the founding fathers intended for anchor babies to be the reason for US citizenship if born on US territory.
I wonder if this guy has been killing people for many years or if this killing spree over the past two months is the first time he has killed anyone? Fortunately this guy is now off the streets:
Police arrested a 27-year-old man in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Tuesday after finding parts of nine bodies in his apartment, investigative sources said Tuesday.
The Metropolitan Police Department made the discovery while investigating Takahiro Shiraishi in connection with the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman from Hachioji, Tokyo. The woman is believed to have met the man after writing on a suicide website that she wanted to kill herself.
“It’s true that I tried to hide the bodies of the people I killed to destroy evidence,” Shiraishi was quoted as saying by the police.
According to investigative sources, Shiraishi has also told police that he killed all nine victims since he moved into the apartment in late August. He also told police that he took money from his victims and that the theft was one of his motives.
A saw, believed to have been used to dismember the bodies, was also found in the apartment. According to the police, Shiraishi said he cut up the bodies in the bath, disposing of some body parts in the garbage.
The apartment is located near the U.S. Army’s Camp Zama. [Japan Times]
You can read more at the link.
I am surprised Bergdahl received no jail time:
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, center, arrives to the Fort Bragg courtroom facility for a sentencing hearing on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C.
A military judge’s decision Friday to issue no jail time and a dishonorable discharge for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl unleashed a wide range of emotions.
Several expressed anger that Bergdahl, 31, didn’t get the punishment they thought he should have, while others expressed understanding that he didn’t deserve more jail time.
Leading the charge of angry reaction was President Donald Trump, who went after the decision by the judge, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance.
He sentenced Bergdahl to forfeit $10,000 in pay, a reduction in rank to E-1 private and a dishonorable discharge, barring him from receiving any medical or other benefits entitled to most veterans. [Stars & Stripes]
You can read more at the link, but I have always thought that Bergdahl should have at least received the Charles Robert Jenkins punishment. What Jenkins did caused far less risk for US troops because nobody had to search to find him when he defected to North Korea unlike Bergdahl who initiated a massive search which put soldiers lives at risk. Jenkins also spent far more time in captivity than Bergdahl, 39 years compared to Bergdahl’s 5, and yet Jenkins received a month of jail time and Bergdahl received none.
Finally Jenkins was not released in exchange for a group of terrorists like Bergdahl was. Just these facts alone should warrant jail time for Bergdahl if Jenkins received jail time. I wonder if the judge presiding over the case even considered Jenkins past sentence as a precedent before issuing his ruling?
Here is an update on a former South Korean media darling known as “molar daddy” that allegedly raped and murdered a 14-year old girl:
Lee Young-hak, who was arrested last month for allegedly killing a 14-year-old girl, has been indicted on murder and rape charges, the prosecution said Wednesday.
The Seoul Northern District Prosecutors’ Office said the 35-year-old was indicted on charges of raping the daughter of a friend of his while she was asleep and strangling her to death, among other charges.
If he is found guilty, he could be sentenced to life in prison.
According to the prosecution, his deviant sexual desires, including pedophilia, sadism and voyeurism, were a big part of his criminal motive.
Lee lured the girl to his house in Seoul by using his daughter, who left after giving the victim a drink that had powdered sleeping pills in it.
While his daughter was away, Lee raped and sexually assaulted the victim with sex toys.
When she woke up, he strangled her to death with a tie and a towel, and with his daughter, buried her body on a hill in Yeongwol, Gangwon Province. [Korea Times]
You can read more at the link, but it appears the motive is that after his wife committed suicide he had no one to carry out his strange sexual fantasies so he used his daughter to lure her friend to his house where he committed the crime.
What is wrong with people?:
A 30-something woman has been sentenced to six years in prison after being convicted of killing her acquaintance’s 2-year-old son, who allegedly harassed her 1-year-old daughter, a local court said Saturday.
The unidentified woman was arrested in October last year when she threw the 2-year-old at her acquaintance’s home in Asan of South Chungcheong Province, about 100 kilometers south of Seoul, after getting angry at the boy for pushing her daughter while trying to get a toy from her.
The baby boy suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and was pronounced dead at the hospital the following day. [Yonhap]
You can read the rest at the link, but the woman is appealing because she did not intentionally seek to injure the boy. What did she think was going to happen when she threw a two year old across the room?
Just another example that South Korea is a “rule by law” not a “rule of law” country:
Professor Park Yu-ha (C) at Seoul-based Sejong University leaves the Seoul Eastern District Court on Jan. 25, 2017, after the court acquitted her of defaming women who were sexually enslaved by Tokyo during World War II. (Yonhap)
An appeals court in Seoul overturned a lower-court acquittal of a professor and fined her on Friday, finding her guilty of charges that she defamed victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery with her book.
The Seoul High Court handed down a fine of 10 million won ($8,846) to Park Yu-ha, a Sejong University professor, who was charged with defaming sexual slavery victims, known as “comfort women,” with her controversial book “Comfort Women of the Empire.”
Victims and other critics claimed the book disputes the coerciveness of the “comfort women” system.
Friday’s verdict overturned the lower court’s decision in January that she is not guilty because academic freedom is a basic right guaranteed by the Constitution. [Korea Times]
This whole controversy shows that in South Korea if you say or write something unpopular the government can use the defamation law to prosecute you to shut you up even if what you right is true.
In regards to the comfort women issue I recommend reading my prior post on this subject.
This is a horrible murder that occurred in Seoul:
The Supreme Court has confirmed life imprisonment for a woman who killed her married lover’s wife with poison. The top court upheld an appellate court’s verdict.
According to court documents, the woman, Han, 48, met Yoo, a married man who became her lover, at a gathering of friends from elementary school in February 2014.
Han told Yoo’s wife of their “deep and serious” relationship, hoping this would lead to the couple’s breakup. But instead Yoo’s wife offered to pay Han 350 million won ($309,700) if she ended the relationship.
In January 2015, Han visited Yoo’s apartment in Songpa-gu, Seoul, with a bottle of soju mixed with potassium cyanide. Yoo’s wife drank the toxic liquid while talking with Han, and died soon after.
Han claimed Yoo’s husband could have killed his wife.
But investigators found evidence that Han collected information about how and where to buy potassium cyanide.
They also found evidence that her husband was informed of the poisoning plan before hand. [Korea Times]
You can read more at the link.
I wonder if this guy forgot that Guam is part of the United States?:
A man wanted in connection with sex crimes in Oregon was apprehended on Guam after he arrived here on a flight from South Korea, according to a written statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The 59-year-old man, who is not named in the statement, is wanted on charges of rape in the first degree, sodomy in the first degree and two counts of sex abuse in the first degree, according to the statement.
The South Korean man arrived on a flight Oct. 19 and was taken into custody by Customs and Border Protection. [Pacific Daily News]