Rapper NO:EL (Jang Yong Jun), who was accused of refusing a breathalyzer test and assaulting a police officer, is facing a possible stiffer prison sentence at the sentencing for his appeals trial.
On July 7, the Seoul Central District Court's Criminal Investigation Divison held the second hearing of the appeal of NO:EL, who was charged with driving without a license, refusing to take breathalyzer tests, and obstructing the execution of official duties. The rapper originally received a one-year prison sentence for his crimes but he was dissatisfied with this and appealed the ruling.
On this day, the prosecutor requested the court to sentence NO:EL to three years in prison, saying, "He committed the same crime again during the probation period." The prosecutor requested the same three-year prison sentence during the original trial as well. His appeals trial sentencing is sentenced for July 21.
In his final statement NO:EL stated, "I am ashamed and sorry that I have caused a commotion when I should be of a good example." The rapper continued to say, "I entered society at a young age and ended up relying on alcohol to relieve the stress and pains from society. I did things that I shouldn't have done."
He concluded by saying, "When I return to society, I will receive treatment for alcoholism and make a commitment to lead an exemplary life."
Meanwhile, NO:EL was driving his Mercedes-Benz car at the intersection of St. Mary's hospital in Banpo-dong, Seoul, when he had a collision with another vehicle back in September last year. At that time, he was booked on the charges of driving without a license, refusing to take breathalyzer tests, and obstructing the execution of official duties. When he was arrested, after refusing to take the breathalyzer test he head-butted the police officer.
Thereafter, the rapper posted an apology on his social media. However, this wasn't NO:EL's first controversy as he previously received no jail time for his DUI and attempted to conceal his DUI back in 2019. He was only given suspended sentencing of one year and six months with a two-year probation for his DUI. This caused much controversy as NO:EL is known to be the son of politician Jang Je Won.