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

By alice101   Monday, November 28, 2016   16,467   108   24
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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 Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    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 Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    Their judges seems drunk 24h

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    ThreeDelivery Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    Why wasn't anybody watching the disabled man?

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    Harashinhooria98 Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    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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    cj_plante Monday, November 28, 2016

    Perhaps everyone needs to go and research what it means to be developmentally disabled... aka I think everyone should know that this man was likely not aware of what he was doing or did and likely thought what he was doing was just a game or was just playing around, so I 100% stand by the verdict of him being found not guilty, it is extremely sad that child lost their life and I do feel like their should be repercussions but not for this man. Rather his caregivers should be held responsible for not keeping a proper eye on him especially around small children as they are the ones who are supposed to be responsible for his actions and whereabouts.

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    lotsofonigiri Monday, November 28, 2016

    The world have gone mad or something. He is clearly guilty. How df you dont have any sympathy for that little boy and his mother?! 👏🏻👏🏻 I hope someone slam him down the stairs

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    cj_plante lotsofonigiri Monday, November 28, 2016

    yeah that sounds like a great idea, and while we're at it lets just go back to the dark ages where special needs people were either abandoned or mistreated because the rest of the world thought they were monsters. Go read a book or something.

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    jin_sungmin lotsofonigiri Monday, November 28, 2016

    He is being dealt with in a mental institution which is basically prison with like less violence. He is developmentally disabled and most likely has the cognitive age of a young child. This begs the question, if it was a 4 year old who threw this child down the stairs, causing him to die, would you advocate for him to be sent to prison as well? Or better yet, in your words, slammed down the stairs by another person? I'm not ridiculing you or anything just to be clear, I'm only providing insight on how this situation should be viewed.

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    SuperFly_Snuka Monday, November 28, 2016

    Uber Charged Korean savage pt 14

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    onomo Monday, November 28, 2016

    This man is without question guilty. Yes, he suffers from a disability, but even then, there needs to be some sort of punishment. That poor child....I hope he stays in that institute.

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    Shiraa Monday, November 28, 2016

    I'm content with this verdict. People with severe mental health issues will only worsen when sent to jail. It's better to put them in an institution and give them the right treatment.

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    Mana92 Shiraa Monday, November 28, 2016

    I agree completely. In prison they just become victims of horrible criminals. People with severe metal disabilities cannot help when they do things like this and I understand wanting justice but it's an unfortunate situation. This is the best ruling they can make.

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    thefabcat92 Monday, November 28, 2016

    people with mental disability plays like a child but they have the physical strength of adult. i know, i've been living with one.

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    afterglows Monday, November 28, 2016

    But God schizophrenic lady that killed her stalker gets 10 years. Good going, Korea. You're a bloody mess.

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    afterglows Monday, November 28, 2016

    The*. How the heck does autocorrect go from the to God?

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    imbuttercup Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    Read the description of schizophrenia first, then talk. In some case someone that indicate got schizoprenia could kill others because 'voice' in their head told them to. Its beyond their capability to have a better judgement about their act, thats why they need to have a treatment that could go for their whole life

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