Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in Seoul Rape-Murder Case

SEOUL, Prosecutors have demanded the death penalty for a 30-year-old man accused of attempting to rape and murdering a woman on a hiking trail in southern Seoul. The suspect, Choi Yun-jong, was indicted for the brutal attack that occurred on August 17 on a hillside trail in the Sillim neighborhood.

According to Yonhap News Agency, during the final hearing at the Seoul Central District Court, prosecutors argued that Choi poses a significant risk to society, as he has shown no signs of repentance. They emphasized the irreversible harm inflicted on the victim's family and the necessity of imposing a severe punishment for such a crime. The victim, an elementary school teacher in her 30s, was left unattended for approximately 20 minutes before police discovered her and transported her to a hospital. She succumbed to brain damage caused by strangulation two days later. Investigations revealed that Choi had used brass knuckles in the assault.

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