“I didn’t learn how to relieve my sexual desires” Despite the appeal for leniency from a man in his 20s who was raped by a neighbor… 8 years in prison on appeal

“I didn’t learn how to relieve my sexual desires” Despite the appeal for leniency from a man in his 20s who was raped by a neighbor…  8 years in prison on appeal

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“Dissatisfied with women not going to the military” Claims to be mentally and physically weak
Appellate trial upholds the original judgment… “Hyung, it’s not heavy”

Closed-circuit (CCTV) footage shows a man in his 20s suddenly turning in the elevator of a hallway-style apartment in Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do on the afternoon of July 5th last year, assaulting a female neighbor and dragging her outside. SBS press screen capture

A man in his 20s who violently assaulted a female neighbor in an apartment in Uiwang, Gyeonggi Province, for the purpose of committing a sexual crime was sentenced to eight years in prison by the appeals court.

On the 3rd, Suwon High Court Criminal Division 2-1 (Judge Kim Min-ki, Kim Jong-woo, and Park Gwang-seo) dismissed the appeal of Mr. A, who was sentenced to 8 years in prison in the first trial on charges of rape and injury and appealed on grounds such as unfair sentencing. The prosecution’s appeal was also dismissed.

The court said, “There is no change in the sentencing conditions compared to the first trial, and the original sentence is recognized as a decision that took into account various circumstances.” “The elevator inside the apartment where the crime occurred was originally considered a trespass, but the defendant lives in the apartment in this case.” Therefore, it appears that he has not been charged with home invasion rape. “Even considering the circumstances claimed by the defendant and the prosecutor as reasons for appeal, it is difficult to view the sentence as unfair because it is too heavy or too light.”

Mr. A was arrested and indicted on charges of injuring B, a woman in her 20s, with his fist several times and attempting to rape her in the elevator of a hallway-style apartment in Uiwang-si, Gyeonggi-do, at approximately 12:10 pm on July 5th of last year.

At the time, he was waiting for the elevator by pressing the button on the 12th floor of an apartment building. When Mr. B was alone, he boarded the elevator, pressed the button for the 10th floor, and assaulted Mr. B indiscriminately. Afterwards, it was found that when the elevator stopped on the 10th floor, he dragged Mr. B down.

Mr. A was caught by the police after trying to sexually assault him after being reported by another resident who heard Mr. B’s screams. Mr. B suffered injuries lasting 3 weeks, including fractures to his ribs. According to the police investigation, the two were only neighbors living in the same building and did not know each other on a regular basis.

He is also accused of destroying property in a police station detention center after his arrest (attempted damage to public property), taking off his clothes in front of a police officer and committing an obscene act (public indecency), and assaulting a police officer who was trying to handcuff him (obstruction of official duties).

In the first trial, the prosecution requested the court to sentence Mr. A to 21 years and 6 months in prison and order him to attach an electronic device. Ms. A’s side claimed that she was mentally and physically weak, saying, “She usually complained about women not going to the military, and then she became obsessed with the delusion that she would commit the crime.”

However, the first trial court said, “The defendant planned and executed the crime several days in advance, and inflicted enormous mental and physical damage on the victim, resulting in the collapse of the daily lives of the victim and his family.” “It is difficult to view it as a weak state, and there are no normal circumstances to take into account,” he ruled.

When the court sentenced them to eight years in prison, the prosecution appealed, saying the sentence was too light, while Mr. A appealed, saying the sentence was heavy and unfair.

Mr. A’s side said at the decision hearing on the 7th of last month, “The defendant realizes his mistake, recognizes how much pain the victim will live in, and lives with regret,” and added, “There is no way to resolve sexual desires in a healthy way while being completely socially isolated.” He appealed for leniency, saying, “Please take into account the fact that he committed this crime because he was unable to learn, and that although the defendant planned the crime, it cannot be evaluated as meticulous.”

In his final statement, Mr. A briefly said, “I’m sorry.”

Reporter Kim Soo-yeon [email protected]

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