Choi Won-jong (22), the ‘Bundang car rammer and stabber’, is causing public outrage with his outrageous letter.
On the 9th, the Chosun Ilbo reported that Choi Won-jong, who was imprisoned at the Eastern Detention Center, sent a letter on the 1st.
The title was ‘Apology to all those who have been harmed,’ but it only contained vain self-excuses and pitiful complaints about life in the detention center, and there was no apology to the victims.
Choi Won-jong also repeated his claim that he was suffering from persecutory delusions.
However, on the 29th of last month, the prosecution said, “Although Choi Won-jong was delusional, he had considerable academic ability and also invested in stocks and computer programming,” and added, “Before the crime, he also searched for content that was intended to reduce the sentence, such as ‘reduction in sentence for mentally and physically weak,’ which suggests that he was mentally and physically weak. “We decided that it was not,” he said clearly.
Experts also evaluated Choi Won-jong’s letter as nothing more than self-defense aimed at reducing his sentence rather than reflecting on it.
Netizens also said, “Don’t be so nervous. “The pain you felt in front of people who lost their children or parents because of you is not even pain.” “Let’s not see or receive a letter of reflection. There were reactions such as “It’s a funny reality that everyone writes a novel and gets their sentence commuted for it,” and “So what?”
In particular, it was pointed out that Choi Won-jong’s letter, which was presented as a letter of reflection, could be a secondary harm to the victim.
The bereaved families of Lee Hee-nam and Kim Hye-bin, who died in the Choi Won-jong incident, previously released the names and photos of the deceased and delivered the message that “the voices of the victims should receive more attention than Choi Won-jong’s personal details.”
Lee’s husband said, “A lot of attention is being paid to the perpetrator’s personal information, his mental history, and the fact that he is acting as if he is repenting his crime by saying he will ‘issue a statement of remorse,’” and added, “What is more important is to punish the perpetrator strongly and prepare preventive measures so that he can get back to work.” “The goal is to prevent this from happening,” he said.
He continued, “As (Choi Won-jong) committed the crime with intent, he must be judged calmly and punished strictly.”
The student council of Konkuk University College of Art and Design온라인바카라, which Mr. Kim attended, also started a signature campaign related to the incident, saying, “The reality is that the human rights of the perpetrator are treated more seriously than the protection and support of the victim, the unfair reduction of the sentence of the perpetrator without asking about mental illness, and the local government is almost non-existent. “The institutional support is a social problem that may arise again and is a task that we must solve,” he emphasized.
Lee Soo-jeong, a professor of criminal psychology at Kyonggi University, said in the Seoul Shinmun on the 30th of last month, “It seems that the victims’ wishes have been forgotten in the current criminal justice system.” “While perpetrators can freely express their opinions through written reflections or petitions during the trial, victims are protected by the police.” There is no opportunity to talk about anything other than the investigation. He said, “We must consider institutional arrangements that will allow victims’ voices to receive attention.” Choi Won-jong is accused of driving his car towards pedestrians in front of the AK Plaza Department Store in Seohyeon-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, connected to Seohyeon
Station on the Suin Bundang Line at 5:56 pm on the 3rd of last month, then getting out of the car with a weapon and swinging it at citizens. As a result, two innocent citizens died and 12 were injured.