Some interesting and/or amusing crime and punishment-related incidents in the news recently.

Attempted rapist pleads drunkenness in appeal, gets HEAVIER sentence

In Gwangju, a court sentenced a 20-something man convicted of attempted sexual assault to seven years in prison after the cretin appealed his original sentence of five years, pleading he was in a weakened mental state because he was drunk.

The court also ordered his ID be published for 20 years and that he wear a tracking anklet.

In its decision, the court ruled that while he failed in the assault, the victim suffered great physical and psychological pain.

The guy attempted to sexually assault an 18-year-old girl in a lot in Gunsan in July.

Interestingly enough, both he and the prosecutors appealed the original decision.

I oppose the death penalty for moral reasons. Some asshats make it real hard, though.

Some segments of the public are upset after an appeals court reduced Korean-Chinese killer and all-around evil dude Oh Won-chun’s sentence from death to life in prison.

In particular, rumors are going around that due to his foreign nationality, he might serve his sentence in Cheonan’s unique foreigner prison, which some netizens liken to a luxury hotel.

The Herald Gyeongje reports, however, that Oh will most likely spend the rest of his life in the foreigner block of Daejeon Prison, the place of detention of many of the Korean correctional system’s long-time residents of foreign birth. The Cheonan prison is mostly for more low-level offenders.

The Crazy and the Stupid: The police have better things to do

A 22-year-old man was booked in Seodaemun was booked for obstructing official duties after he sent a text to his girlfriend that he couldn’t answer the phone because he was being chased by unknown assailants.

The text, which kicked off a three-hour search by about 30 cops, was a ruse to cover up the real reason he couldn’t answer—he was doing some late-night drinking with his workmates.

The poor sod told police he did what he did because he was afraid his girlfriend would be angry.

Meanwhile, in Bukhansan National Park, police and military launched a three-hour search Thursday morning after a woman called police saying she discovered a North Korean spy while she was praying atop one of the park’s peaks.

They found nothing. Not surprising, either, as the woman told police that she’d been followed by somebody who appeared to be a North Korean spy for the previous four days—God had shown her the face of a spy, she said, and it was the face of the guy who was following her.

Police don’t buy her story and plan to close the case. Surprisingly, the woman heads a conservative women’s group.

Something to consider next time you try to force your tongue down some girl’s throat

I love local papers—such a treasure trove of information.

The Gyeongin Ilbo—the daily paper of the Incheon—Gyeonggi-do region—recently ran an interesting piece on a young woman whom prosecutors declined to indict after she bit off a good chunk of the tongue of a guy who tried to forcefully kiss her.

I certainly welcome the prosecutors’ decision to recognize a woman’s right to defend herself against sexually assault, and far be if for me to blame the victim, but I do wonder about some of the decision-making here.

The 22-year-old woman was in a taxi at 1am, going off somewhere to drink alone. The 54-year-old taxi driver suggested they drink together, and off they went to drink, apparently at the taxi driver’s home.

At 6am, however, she began to feel threatened, and while the taxi driver was momentarily off doing something, she locked the door of the room. After the driver broke the door and entered, he began touching her and tried to forcefully kiss her.

Bad move, because when he did, she bit off a third of his tongue.

He now has a speech impediment and is less able to do his work.

Police charged the woman with causing grievous bodily injury and the taxi driver with attempted rape and handed the matter to prosecutors.

Prosecutors decided to ask the general public whether they thought a victim could claim self-defense even if she seriously injured her attacker, so they put together a committee composed of nine members of the public. The committee decided that if the authorities did not allow women to aggressively defend themselves when threatened with sexual assault, it could lead to even greater dangers.

And with that, prosecutors decided not to indict, saying they needed to guarantee to the greatest extent possible the right of victims of sexual assault to defend themselves.

Prosecutors did indict the driver for attempted rape. They also provided the victim with psychological treatment and gave her an emergency pager with a tracking device just in case the driver attempted to get revenge.