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20-year-old disabled man who allegedly killed a toddler found not guilty

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A court case that made its way to the Supreme Court ended with heartbreak. 


On November 24, the Supreme Court released their verdict for the case of Lee, a 20-year-old man with a developmental disability who picked up a 2-year-old toddler and threw him down an emergency staircase (9.2 meters [~30 ft] above ground), killing the child. The court ruled Lee not guilty and agreed with the previous verdict that ordered him to received treatment at a confined institution.  


Back on December 3, 2014, Lee ran into the 2-year-old at a community center in Busan and killed the child. When the mother of the toddler witnessed Lee taking the child, she tried to stop Lee, begging, "Don't do that," but she was unable to stop him, who made eye contact with her and smiled before throwing the toddler down the height of 9.2 meters. 


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The key to the case was whether Lee was of sound mind who could tell right from wrong. The first court trial ruled Lee not guilty because "even though the action of homicide is acknowledged, Lee, who has a severe mental and developmental disability committed the act without having the ability to make a sound decision." 


The second trial court also agreed, but added, "There is a risk of Lee repeating the act and society at large needs to be protected," and ruled that Lee should be treated at an institution. 


The most recent ruling by the Supreme Court agreed and upheld the second trial court's decision.

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    fairytaeil 6 days ago

    remember the mentally unwell woman who killed her stalker??? she needs medical treatment as well but what did the korean justice system do - give her jail time. why not this man too? am i missing something ??

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    Happypeoo fairytaeil 5 days ago

    Their judges seems drunk 24h

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    ThreeDelivery 6 days ago

    Why wasn't anybody watching the disabled man?

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    Harashinhooria98 6 days ago

    What I want to know is if this guy was disabled and their were people who knew about it, why wasnt their anyone with him at that time?, I can understand that he wouldnt have known what he was doing, because of his disability, however the person who is supposed to look after this guy should be held responsible, since if his disability was that severe, he would not be allowed to roam around by himself.

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