On the latest broadcast of 'E-News Tonight' a lawyer for a victim of Kang Ji-hwan's crime explained why she did not protest at Kang Ji-hwan's unexpectedly light sentence following his trial for sexual assault. The lawyer explained that the decision was born out of a desire for recovery.
Not agreeing to the terms likely would have meant protracted court appearances that would have been deleterious to her mental health.
Kang Ji-hwan had been given a two and a half year sentence on December 5th at the trial's end, but was allowed to serve it on three year probation. While the lawyer described the situation as unfortunate he noted that Kang Ji-hwan did eventually show some remorse, having confessed that his original justification of having no memory of events was a lie, and acknowledging all the charges against him. This made a relatively quick court process possible, which is not always the case.
Ultimately it would seem that the concerns of the victims mainly had to do with their own personal welfare, rather than maximizing the damage done against Kang Ji-hwan. Their attorney noted that the two have already suffered many indirect hardships as a result of the experience, and have had to start looking for a different line of work. A harsher sentence for Kang Ji-hwan would not have assisted them in such endeavors.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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