Kang Ji Hwan’s Sexual Assault Case Heads To Supreme Court After He Files Appeal
Kang Ji Hwan, who has been indicted on charges of quasi-rape and quasi-indecent acts by force, is appealing the judgment of his second trial.
Last week, the Suwon High Court held an appeal trial over Kang Ji Hwan’s case and decided to uphold the original ruling. The actor had been given a prison sentence last December of two years and six months that is suspended for three years of probation. This means that he will only serve the prison sentence if he commits another offense during the three-year probation period.
According to the Suwon High Court on June 18, Kang Ji Hwan went on to file an appeal over the second trial’s ruling to maintain his sentence, which he submitted on June 17.
In July of 2019, Kang Ji Hwan was apprehended by police at his home in Gwangju after they received a report that he had entered a room where two female staff members were sleeping and then sexually assaulted one of them and sexually harassed the other. The actor first stated that he could not recall the incident, but he eventually admitted to the majority of charges in a statement. During the trial process, Kang Ji Hwan has pled guilty to quasi-rape but denied part of the charges of quasi-indecent acts by force.
Last December, the court said, “During the trial, the victims have stated that they do not want punishment for the defendant, however considering the nature of sexual assault crimes, it would be difficult to see it as there being a recovery from the damage. It is not right for there to be an end just because the defendant has reached an agreement, and he should repent for the rest of his life for the healing of the suffering of the victims.”
With Kang Ji Hwan appealing the latest judgment, the case will now be heading to the Supreme Court.