In September last year, a driver who was handed over to trial for causing a 6-year-old child to die in an accident while driving a car while drunk in broad daylight was sentenced to 8 years in prison. The sentence was lower than the 10-year imprisonment that the prosecution sought, and the court ruled that he considered that he had sufficiently reflected on this case even though he had a record of drunk driving. The bereaved family said, “Drinking driving continues to occur due to weak punishment.”
On the 12th, Judge Kwon Gyeong-seon, who was solely responsible for criminal 11 of the Seoul Western District Law, sentenced Kim Mo, in her 50s, to eight years in prison, who was convicted of violating the Criminal Punishment Act for certain crimes (dangerous driving fatality, wounding).
On September 6, last year, at around 3:30 pm, Mr. Kim was drunk in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, and while driving a car, he crashed into a streetlight in India. A street lamp that collapsed in this accident killed a 6-year-old aunt and severely injured a passerby in his 70s in India.
At that time, Kim’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.144%, which was the level of license cancellation. In September, the police arrested Mr. Kim by applying the’Yoon Chang-ho Act’, which strengthened the level of punishment for drunk driving.
“The defendant’s drunk driving resulted in irreversible consequences in which Lee, who was only 6 years old, struck his head against a falling street lamp and eventually died.” “The defendant has been severely punished because he has been punished by a fine for drunk driving. I have to do it,” he criticized.
In addition, “Article 5, 11-1 of the Act on the Aggravated Punishment of Certain Crimes was enforced in November 2018 to raise awareness about drunk driving and to meet the national law appraisal, and the sentence for dangerous driving fatality has increased. In addition, in this case, the degree of invasion of the report is aggravated by the middle-aged brother.”
However, the judge said, “It could not be delivered because the survivors did not want to forgive and did not want to contact the defendant. I decided on a sentence by combining various circumstances.” It is known that Kim has admitted the prosecution since the first trial in November of last year and submitted reflections almost every day.
When the ruling was made, the family members of Lee, who died, said, “Judge is too much. “This is a law for the perpetrator.”
After the sentence, the bereaved family met the reporters after the sentence, saying, “Is it reasonable to lower the sentence for being insured by writing a reflection statement and having car insurance?” You have to live with the feeling you received.”
The bereaved side said, “My child has to go to elementary school this time, but there were many days to live. In the end, I think it will be lower than eight years,” he said, and will decide whether to appeal after consulting with the prosecutor.
“Drinking driving accidents continue to occur because punishment is weak,” he criticized, saying, “Drinking and driving is the responsibility of the court and the judiciary.”
Reporter Na Jin-hee email@example.com
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