Teen gets maximum sentence for murdering girl, burying body
A 16-year-old boy charged with raping and beating a girl to death and discarding of the body received the maximum sentence for a juvenile offender of 10 years in prison, court officials here said Friday.
A Goyang branch of the Euijeongbu District Court also handed down two- to nine-year sentences to eight other teenagers, including a 17-year-old girl, depending on the degree of their involvement in the crime.
The nine were indicted on charges of brutally beating the 18-year-old girl to death with blunt weapons in an empty apartment in Goyang, north of Seoul, on April 5, for supposedly badmouthing them and "refusing to heed their instructions." They buried the victim's body in a nearby park the following morning.
The incident sent a shock wave across the nation, drawing public calls to toughen punishments for minors who commit horrendous crimes.
"Judging from the brutal ways in which they beat the victim and disposed of the body, there is an indication of willful negligence and inhumanity," the court records showed, explaining the reason for the maximum sentence.