Prosecutors have sought life imprisonment for a man in his 40s who murdered his wife and stabbed his mother-in-law as well.
The prosecution sought life imprisonment for A (42), who was charged with murder and attempted killing of an ascendant, at the decision trial held at the hearing of the 14th Criminal Division of the Incheon District Court (Chief Judge Ryu Gyeong-jin) today (1st).
Prosecutors said, "The accused committed a serious crime such as robbery in the past, but he committed the crime again."
"The defendant confessed to all of them at trial, but at first denied the charge, claiming it was an accidental crime," he said.
However, Mr. A's lawyer appealed, "Although the defendant does not currently have any accumulated assets, he thinks that he should apologize and compensate the victims."
Mr. A also briefly said, "I sincerely apologize to everyone" at the judge's words, "Make a final statement."
The victim's younger brother, who watched the decision trial in court today, said, "My sister lived really hard, and it hurts her heart so much that this happened."
Mr. A was arrested and indicted on charges of stabbing his wife in her 40s several times with a weapon at 0:37 am on August 4 this year at her home in Michuhol-gu, Incheon.
Mother-in-law C, in her 60s, who was with her at the time, was also stabbed with a weapon while trying to dry A, but jumped from the second-floor house through a window to the first floor, and was taken to the hospital by the 119 ambulance and treated.
At the time of the incident, Mr. A was also accused of emotionally abusing her stepdaughter by saying, "I'm going to kill them all. Her mother and I are all dead."
Mr. A, who had his license revoked due to a history of drunk driving in the past, fled by using a vehicle and public transportation immediately after the crime, and was arrested by the police at a motel in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province three days later.
It is said that he has a criminal record of being sentenced to prison several times for assault and other crimes.
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