A 32-year-old man was found guilty of killing his 40-day-old son by repeatedly throwing the infant in the house, a Seoul-court judge said Friday.
“The father has been handed a two-and-a-half-year prison term in a trial,” Lee Gwang-woo, a spokesman and judge for the Seoul Western District Court, told The Korea Observer.
“The court gave a light punishment because the murder of his son was discovered while he was in prison and being investigated for another crime, an attempted murder.”
Lee said Choi threw his baby to the headboard of a bed three times on Feb. 23, 2012 simply because he was annoyed by his crying.
As the baby cried even louder, he covered the body and face of his son with a blanket and put him in a carton box.
Choi sealed the box and took him out after about an hour.
The baby died of acute hemorrhage three days after the incident.
According to the National Forensic Science, the likely cause of acute hemorrhage was physical abuse by his father.
Choi was living with his new girlfriend at the time of his horrific crime.
He asked both his girlfriend and the mother of the baby not to report the death of the baby to the authorities, saying he would put the dead body in a box and leave it in a closet.
The birth mother of the baby kept silence and even urged the judge to have a mercy on the father.
The girlfriend, however, broke her silence during a prosecution investigation of Choi’s attempted murder case because she found out that he was having an affair with yet another woman.
Choi was sentenced to five years in jail in August last year on charges of attempted murder of another girlfriend’s mother.
He threatened her life with a knife and strangled her for about 10 minutes.