‘Sus­pect lured vic­tim for sex’: po­lice

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - By Lee Kyung-min lkm@ktimes.com

Mur­der sus­pect Lee Young-hak sought out a young vic­tim to sa­ti­ate his sex drive af­ter his wife al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide, po­lice said Fri­day.

Seoul Jung­nang Po­lice Sta­tion held a press brief­ing, where of­fi­cers said they had re­ferred the case to the pros­e­cu­tion with a rec­om­men­da­tion that Lee be in­dicted.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Lee, 35, ad­mit­ted killing a friend of his 14-year-old daugh­ter and bury­ing her body with the help of his daugh­ter on a moun­tain in Yeong­wol, Gang­won Prov­ince, Oct.1.

Po­lice said that on Sept. 30, Lee asked his daugh­ter to lure one of her friends from school, and gave the friend a drink laced with sleep­ing pow­der, which he told her was a mix of flu med­i­ca­tion.

When the girl fell un­con­scious, Lee sex­u­ally abused her, then killed her af­ter she woke and started scream­ing.

Po­lice said Lee ex­hib­ited psy­cho­pathic ten­den­cies, pos­si­bly re­in­forced by child­hood bul­ly­ing due to an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity.

“On a scale of 40 on a psy­chi­atric test, Lee scored 25. Those who score over 25 are deemed to have psy­cho­pathic ten­den­cies,” an of­fi­cer said at the brief­ing.

Lee had hit his peers for bul­ly­ing him, or they os­tra­cized him for hav­ing an in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity, a be­hav­ior in­di­cat­ing he sought re­venge for what he con­sid­ered “be­ing wronged.”

The po­lice of­fi­cer said Lee was sex­u­ally frus­trated af­ter the death of his wife, and sought out girls his daugh­ter’s age as he thought they were easy to con­trol.

“His sex drive or his ob­ses­sion over sex does not go as far as to be cat­e­go­rized as be­ing men­tally ill, but con­sid­ered a bit ex­ces­sive,” the of­fi­cer said. “Lee is not a pe­dophile, and he said he had an is­sue re­gard­ing sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties.”

He said Lee’s daugh­ter showed great sym­pa­thy to­ward her fa­ther, a strong emo­tional at­tach­ment for the fam­ily’s only bread­win­ner.

“The daugh­ter strongly ob­jected to the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of her fa­ther as a crim­i­nal or some­one who de­served harsh crit­i­cism,” the of­fi­cer said. “She con­sid­ers her fa­ther as the per­fect fig­ure, which ex­plains why she gets an­gry when such a be­lief gets chal­lenged.”

Po­lice are also look­ing into the sui­cide of Lee’s wife, who left a note claim­ing Lee sex­u­ally abused her. She also filed a com­plaint with po­lice against her fa­ther-in-law for al­legedly rap­ing her over a pe­riod of eight years.

Lee came un­der the me­dia spot­light as an ex­em­plary fa­ther af­ter TV doc­u­men­taries por­trayed him as a man with a warm, big heart, who cared for his daugh­ter who had gi­gan­tiform ce­men­toma, a rare den­tal con­di­tion caus­ing tu­mors.

He raised money by hu­man­iz­ing his story of pain, but then led a life of lux­ury. Lee he spent 40 million won ($35,000) on an im­ported car, and drove two lux­ury ve­hi­cles.


Mur­der sus­pect Lee Young-hak apol­o­gizes at the en­trance to Seoul Jung­nang Po­lice Sta­tion, Fri­day. Po­lice re­ferred Lee to the pros­e­cu­tion for in­dict­ment.

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