Man who served 20 years in prison for murder and rape acquitted in South Korea

Man who served 20 years in prison for murder and rape acquitted in South Korea

A man who served 20 years in prison for the murder and rape of a 13-year-old girl has been found not guilty in a high-profile trial in South Korea. This was reported by South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

The murder was just one of 10 episodes of high-profile serial killings that took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s in the rural Hwaseong area near Seoul. The girl’s body was found in her bedroom. Yoon Seong-gye, who was 22 years old at the time, was detained on suspicion of murder. Law enforcers found no evidence of his involvement in other crimes, so they considered him a copycat serial killer.

He pleaded not guilty himself and claimed the police tortured him into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit but the Supreme Court sided with the investigators. He spent a total of 20 years behind bars and was the only man arrested in connection with a string of brutal murders.

Last fall, criminal Lee Chun-jae, who had served time for another murder, confessed to the Hwasong murders. Yoon Seong-gye asked the court for a retrial and, 31 years after his arrest, was able to obtain an acquittal. A retrial confirmed the man’s allegations of police torture and investigative error.

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