Suwon District Court has sentenced joseonjok killer Oh Won-chun (a.k.a. Wu Yuanchun) to death.

I don’t support the death penalty, but no tears will be shed when this guy’s swinging at the end of a rope, especially after you read this:

시신의 살점을 365점 도려낸 잔혹성과 엽기성을 고려했다”고 포문을 연 재판부는 “오 씨가 피해자를 강간하려 납치했다기보다는 사체 인육을 제공하려는 목적이 상당하다고 볼 수 있다”고 판단했다.

Yes, you read that right—the court believes he kidnapped the victim more to eat her provide human flesh, not rape her. The Dong-A also raised the possibility of organ smuggling, and indeed, some anti-migrant worker groups were calling for a re-investigation a couple of days ago, claiming that Oh might be a serial killer after human meat and organs to smuggle back to China. An investigation of bone fragments found near Oh’s home revealed them to be animal bones.

UPDATE: More of the same from the Chosun Ilbo. And while I’ve been reading claims from the victim’s family for some time, if you haven’t seen them in English yet, here they are, courtesy the Korea Times:

Footage of a surveillance camera, however, revealed Wu attacking the victim first and dragging her into his home. Signs of attempted rape were not discovered either. The bereaved family called for a detailed probe, including a possible link between Wu and a Chinese criminal gang which allegedly smuggled human body parts.

The bereaved family cited the smuggling of the so-called “human flesh capsules,” made of dead human fetuses or infants, from China that rocked the country recently. The family has claimed Wu could have been a member of such a gang although the prosecution failed to find any link.

The court also recognized such a possibility despite lack of evidence.

“The court finds it a reasonable argument that Wu’s crime was intended for the trafficking of human body parts rather than rape”, the judge said. “It’s suspicious that the murderer took about six hours to cover up the scene, twice as long as in similar crime cases.

“Also while the corpse was sliced into many pieces, all the organs remained undamaged, so there needs to be a clear explanation.”

Honestly, I don’t know what to believe.