juhli (juhli) wrote in omonatheydidnt,

[Trigger Warning] Woman narrowly escapes man following her home + man is charged for attempted rape

A couple of days ago, CCTV-footage was released that showed a young woman being followed home by a man and attempting to break into her apartment.

Police made the decision for a trespassing charge citing the principle of presumption of innocence. But the controversy has intensified as additional CCTV footage of the man following her home through the alley has been released. With concerns of a "weaker punishment" more likely for 'A', more and more people agreed for a petition to be written and on the same day, a petition titled "Strongly punish the attempted Shillim-dong rapist " was posted on the Blue House website.

As the incident became public, the CCTV video titled "Shillim-dong rapist video" was uploaded on social media. The Gwanak Police Station confirmed the man's movements on the footage and started an investigation into the case. The man, 'A' aware that the police were investigating expressed his intention to turn himself in through a 112 call to police and was later arrested at 7:15am.

Later that day, Channel 'A' released additional CCTV footage that shows the man chasing the woman home through the alley. During the first round of police questioning that ended around 5pm, the man, 'A', said he drank until dawn and does not remember his movements. Police believe the suspect happened to see the victim that day and just followed her. He didn't specifically target her or wait for her.

After conducting a reinforced investigation into the CCTV footage as well as the victim's statements, police have concluded that "there was a threat at the time of the attempted rape in Shillim-dong" and have deemed it appropriate to charge the 30 year old "Cho" for attempted rape.

The Gwanak Police Station in Seoul explained on the 1st that according to the CCTV footage reviewed, Cho tried to open the victim's door handle and urged the victim to open the door for more than 10 minutes. When the victim didn't open the door, Cho then tried to open the door by trying to guess the door lock password.

The police official said, "We reviewed the law based on the facts and requested an arrest warrant in consideration of the gravity and danger of the crime. The court recognized this and issued the warrant."

Judge Shin Jong-yeol of the Seoul Central District Court said, "The risk of action is high. We recognized that there is also the risk of flight so we approved the arrest warrant."

Cho was arrested on May 31st on charges of violating the Special Act on the Punishment of Sexual Crimes. According to Korea law on Sexual crimes, Cho is facing a minimum of 3 years of prison.

source: joyfuljoyfuI, hankookilbo, dailynaver 1 2, naver 2

If that door had closed a few seconds later... Absolutely terrifying.
Tags: crime, sexual harassment / sexual assault
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