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Korean-Chinese man gets death penalty for Suwon murder

A Korean-Chinese man accused of kidnapping and killing a 28-year-old woman was sentenced to death Friday, two months after the high-profile murder that also exposed the carelessness of the police.

The Suwon District Court in Suwon, south of Seoul, handed down the death penalty to Wu Yuanchun, 42, citing the ruthlessness of his crime and his lack of remorse.

"The defendant killed the victim with sinister intentions that were not limited to rape, and has remained insincere ever since the crime. He shows no sign of repentance," the court said in its ruling. "The death penalty deprives a person of his or her life and may be a punishment against humanity, but a strict call to accountability is unavoidable."

The court also ordered Wu to wear an electronic anklet for 30 years and a public disclosure of his profile for 10 years.

According to the ruling, Wu attempted to rape the woman twice in his home on April 1 before killing her and carving out 365 pieces of her flesh.

The case dealt a blow to the police after officers were found to have delayed their initial response to an emergency phone call from the victim and wasted the opportunity to save her.

It also led to the resignation of then police chief Cho Hyun-oh, who took responsibility for the incident. (Yonhap News)


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