Serial killer ordered to pay victims` families

2010-03-30 15:43

Serial murder suspect Kang Ho-soon was ordered by a court yesterday to pay the damages claimed by his victims` families.
The Ansan branch of the Suwon District Court approved 1.3 billion won ($976,709) worth of financial damages requested by family members of Kang`s murder victims, according to court officials.
The decision leaves Kang penniless as the amount far exceeds Kang`s net assets of 750 million won.
The 21 plaintiffs, family members of six of the eight victims of Kang, filed a joint suit in February. The requested amount per family varied from 10 million won to 140 million won, respectively.
The daughter of one of the two remaining victims filed a separate suit this month to request 200 million won, and the family members of the other victim have not yet decided to ask for civil compensation.
The plaintiffs, prior to filing the suit, also requested for and were acknowledged by the court the provisional seizure of his bank accounts, real estate and other assets to secure their payment.
Unless Kang decides to appeal, all of his assets will be put up for compulsory auction.
However, as Kang did not show up in court, having submitted beforehand a letter stating that he had no objections to make, the court decision is likely to be final, according to the lawyer who represented the victims` families.
The murder suspect, who shook the entire country earlier this year, was indicted in February for killing 10 women in total, including his ex-wife and mother-in-law who died in a fire in 2005.
Investigators caught on while tracking down the death of a female university student who went missing in January.
Kang confessed to killing seven additional victims, who were all unacquainted, but denied his involvement in the fire that killed his ex-wife and mother-in-law and consequently brought him insurance money of 480 million won.
The criminal court will hand down the ruling on his crimes next Wednesday.
By Bae Hyun-jung

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