Eight year jailing of former administration office head of ‘Dogani’ Inhwa school finalized

Disclaimer: The following is a totally unauthoritative personal translation of an article appeared in <Hankyoreh> on April 25, 2013, reporting sentencing of final sexual violators of former Inhwa school employees. This concludes legal measures against the gruesome story of Inhwa school. All rights regarding this post stay with the author(s) of the original article or with <Hankyoreh> and this post will be scrapped immediately at their request. In the post, I tried to match the English translation of names of people / institution(s) / position(s) to authentic one(s) as much as possible but, unfortunately, some of them still can be different. Original article of this post (in Korean) can be found in the link at the bottom.

Supreme Court upheld “sexual assault victim’s credibility”

 

Eight year incarceration of former employee for sexually assaulting hearing impaired school girl at Gwangju Inhwa school, the actual background of movie <Dogani>, was finalized.

 

On April 25th, Supreme Court bench 3 (presiding judge Bo-yeong Park) upheld original sentence terms of eight year incarceration, ten year electronic anklet, and ten year identity disclosure for sex offender against former Inhwa school administration office head Mr. Kim (65) who was indicted for charges of sexual assault and violation of Act for the Punishment of Violence (group assault/assault with lethal weapons).

 

Court said “We reviewed all legally collected evidence and decide original ruling against Mr. Kim was legitimate. It neither misidentified facts nor misunderstood the legal principle behind sexual assault crime.” Supreme Court explained “Although some irregularities can be noticed in actual depositions or descriptions from intellectually impaired or hearing impaired sexual assault victims, we acknowledged victims’ credibility based on comprehensive scrutiny of whether their depositions on principal facts were consistent, whether their descriptions were concrete and detailed so that we can consider them coming from their own experience, and whether there was any possibility that their memories could have been deformed by third party.”

 

Mr. Kim was charged for, while working as Inhwa school administration office head, dragging level 2 language impairment/mental retardation school girl A (then 18) who had been living in nearby dormitory to administration office, tying her hands and legs to a table and sexually assaulting her. He was also charged for ruthlessly assaulting another disabled student B (then 17) for witnessing the sexual assault with things like soda bottles.

 

Gwangju Kwan-ok Ahn 광주/안관옥 기자 okahn@hani.co.kr

 

link: http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/society/area/584650.html

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