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Serial killing suspect says he is guilty

Sept 07,2004
Yoo Yeong-cheol, the suspect accused of 21 killings, made his first appearance in court yesterday.
He said cryptically, “I gave up my life. You, the judges, are not the kind of persons who can punish my sins.”
Mr. Yoo, 34, was arrested in July for the serial killings. Police quoted him as saying he hates the rich and prostitutes, who were among his victims.
Mr. Yoo told the court that he killed two persons in addition to the 21 murders he is charged with.
During his testimony, he described in detail dismembering some of the bodies of his victims and said, “I was arrested at an early stage when I had only begun to start killing.”
Mr. Yoo appeared to have given up any efforts to defend himself. “I wish this were the last day of the trial,” he said. “I will refuse to appear at the court the next time.”
When one of the judges hearing the case recommended that he return to court for more proceedings, Mr. Yoo turned to look at the audience behind him and said, “I would like to apologize to the victims for what I have done. I am sorry.”
A criminal suspect, in principle, is not allowed to boycott hearings in his case.


by Kim Hyeon-gyeong, Min Seong-jae


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