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Man physically abuses senior for being gentle to wife

By 황장진

Published : July 20, 2011 - 13:59

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A man who allegedly beat up a man in his 60s for offering a seat to his wife was booked without detention, according to Busan Dong-nae Police Station.

The accused, whose name has only been released as Lee, was travelling in a bus with his spouse last Thursday when an older man let the wife take his seat.

Lee hurled abuse at the old man for showing hospitality to “someone else’s wife.” He then tried to strangle him.

Closed-circuit television of the incident showed Lee then kicking and punching his wife, who had tried to calm him down.

Commotion erupted abroad the bus with passengers hurrying to get off, until a young man intervened to stop Lee.

Meanwhile, citizens who were at the scene charged that the police did not take appropriate measures in the case.

An officer who arrived at the scene reportedly said, “It is not much of a fuss” in the presence of the victim and suspect.

The police did not arrest Lee, saying that one cannot be “caught in the act” twenty five minutes after an incident.

The police are to summon Lee for further investigation this Wednesday, while an officer was ordered to undertake ethics training.

By Kang Yoon-seung
Intern reporter

<한글 요약>

“왜 남의 아내에게 자리를 양보해?” 60대 노인에게 무차별 폭력

시내버스 안에서 한 남성이 자신의 아내에게 자리를 양보한 다는 이유로 60대 노인에게 무차별 폭력을 가한 일이 발생했다.

폐쇄회로 TV 녹화 조회 결과, 가해자인 50대 이모씨는 노인에게 폭언을 하며 목덜미를 잡고 흔들기도 하고, 심지어 이를 말리는 부인에게도 주먹과 발길질을 하였다.

이모씨의 난동은 한 청년이 나서서 말릴 때까지 계속되었었다.

현장에 있던 시민들은 출동한 경찰 역시 문제가 있었다고 진술했다. 경찰관은 “별일 아니네요” 라고 하면서 가해자를 체포하지도 않은 것이다.

부산 동래 경찰서는 사건이 발생하고 25분이 지나 현행범으로 체포가 불가능했다고 해명했다.

한편 경찰은 오는 20일 가해자를 불러 조사할 방침이다. 문제의 경찰관은 교양 교육 명령이 내려지는데 그쳤다.