South Korea jails man for 40 years in high-profile stalking, murder case

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The case prompted calls for legal reform.

SEOUL - A South Korean court sentenced a man to 40 years in prison on Tuesday for murdering a woman he had stalked for years, in a high-profile case that prompted calls for legal reform.

Over almost two years, Jeon followed and threatened the woman on more than 300 separate occasions but he was never detained despite her filing repeated complaints, as police deemed him “low risk”.he stabbed her to death in a public restroom“From the defendant’s testimony, it appeared he was determined to murder the victim unless she agreed to settle” the stalking charge, the court said in its verdict, according to Yonhap News Agency.

The killing prompted South Korea’s President Yoon Suk-yeol, the country’s former top prosecutor, to call on the justice ministry to improve laws on stalking to “better protect the victims and ensure such crimes won’t happen again”. The failure to take him into custody after the victim’s repeated complaints sparked widespread shock and alarm in South Korea and prompted enraged demands for officials to deal with such cases more strictly.

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