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[News Brief] Appeals court upholds 30-year sentence for internet cafe murderer

An appellate court on Wednesday upheld a 30-year prison sentence for a man who brutally killed a part-time worker at an internet cafe in western Seoul.

The Seoul High Court handed down the sentence to Kim Sung-soo, 30, convicted of the murder of the 20-year-old. On Oct. 14, 2018, Kim stabbed the victim some 80 times in the body and face. Kim later stated that he had stabbed the victim because the victim had been rude to him. 

Kim Sung-soo (Yonhap)
Kim Sung-soo (Yonhap)

The prosecution had sought a life sentence for Kim at both the lower and high courts.

The high court stated that although Kim expressed genuine regret, he should be isolated from society for a long time considering how the crime was carried out, the fact that it resulted in the victim’s death, and the suffering of the victim’s family.

The court also upheld the lower court’s acquittal of Kim’s younger brother, who was present during the incident. Kim’s brother was found to have attempted to stop the fight by holding the victim from behind.

By Choi Ji-won  (