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Foreign student rape

May 16th, 2007 . by Matt

A South Korean foreign student raped another South Korean student in a Brisbane Mall. Thanks to IP for the link.

A drunk foreign student who dragged a female friend into a male toilet in Brisbane CBD’s busy Queen Street Mall and raped her violently, will spend at least a year behind bars.

Eui-Roung Lee, a 26-year-old South Korean studying in Brisbane on a student visa, was sentenced to three years jail after pleading guilty to rape and assault occasioning bodily harm on the evening of April 22, 2006, in the mall.
He will be eligible for parole on May 8 next year.

Sentencing, Judge Helen O’Sullivan said the attack on the then 23-year-old victim, who cannot be named, was “demeaning and inexplicable”.

“It was extraordinary, considering it occurred in the middle of Queen Street Mall”, Judge O’Sullivan said.

The Brisbane District Court was told Lee and the victim, who was also a South Korean student, had known each other for about a year when they went to dinner before going out drinking with friends in the mall.

Prosecutor Matthew Nathan said that when the woman refused to accompany Lee to the toilet, he grabbed her hand and forced her to go with him.

After she answered a phone call from her boyfriend, Lee grabbed her around the back of the neck and pulled her into a toilet cubicle near a Hungry Jacks fast food outlet.

He then locked the door and pushed her onto the floor before biting her stomach as she resisted his attempts to undo her jeans.

“He squeezed her throat with enough force it was difficult for her to breathe … she was unable to scream,” Mr Nathan said.

She managed to eventually call out for help before someone pushed the door open.

The court heard the victim suffered bruising around her neck, abrasions on her back, bleeding of the vagina and that her bite marks had scarred.

When she saw a doctor, she was referred to the sexual assault unit at the Royal Brisbane Hospital before Lee was arrested.

Defence lawyer Dan O’Gorman said his client was “particularly intoxicated” at the time and was remorseful.

Mr O’Gorman said four months prior to the incident, Lee and the victim had had an intimate moment hugging on a couch before he fondled her breast.

“I’m not suggesting they were boyfriend and girlfriend … but she was not a total stranger,” he said.

To be honest, I am surprised we do not hear of more such cases. Soju seems to be an important part of Korean dating culture.

UPDATE: Some people messaging me guessed it, and it was true. It was caused by racial jealousy. I would like to say that the tendency is a rare one among Korean guys, but it is not. In its mildest form it is just “cockblocking”, and this is its worst form, I suppose.

A South Korean student will spend the next 12 months behind bars after he dragged a woman into a toilet block and raped her in the middle of Brisbane’s Queen Street Mall.

The District Court this morning heard Eui-Roung Lee, 26, had become friends with his 23-year-old victim, also an international student, after meeting her in class about 12 months before the attack.

On April 22 last year, the pair had dinner and met up with two other men for drinks at two city venues, including the Gilhooley’s Irish pub and the Pig and Whistle in the mall.

Crown prosecutor Matthew Nathan said both had been drunk when Lee asked the woman to accompany him to the toilet about 7.30pm.

She refused and Lee grabbed her hand and began pulling her towards a public toilet block near the Hungry Jacks takeaway outlet.

The court heard the woman was answering a mobile telephone call from her boyfriend when Lee grabbed her around the neck and forced her into a cubicle and locked the door.

“You have sex with Aussie boys, why not Korean boys?” Lee asked the woman as he held her by the throat on the floor and removed her jeans and underwear.

“She was unable to scream because of the force,” Mr Nathan said of the stranglehold.

“He was being extremely rough.”

The court heard Lee twice bit his victim hard on the stomach when she tried to resist, and refused to give back her underwear after raping her.

She managed to escape with the help of another man who had been drinking with their group that night.

“It was a persistent attack,” Mr Nathan said.

“The violence was to restrain but also to demean the complainant.

“He knew (she) was resisting but he continued.”

Lee, who pleaded guilty to one count each of rape and assault occasioning bodily harm, sat with his head bowed as details of his victim’s injuries, including scarring from his bite marks, were read to the court.

His mother, who had travelled from Korea for the proceedings, sobbed from the gallery behind him.

His defence counsel Dan O’Gorman said his client was a young man who had simply indulged in alcohol and had taken things “too far”.

He said he could not remember biting or choking the woman, whom he had previously entertained at his Brisbane home.

“He has shown a great deal of remorse,” Mr O’Gorman said.

Judge Helen Sullivan described the attack in the middle of the crowded shopping precinct as “extraordinary”.

“The photographs tendered (to the court) show a violent course of conduct by you,” the judge told him.

“She was entitled to drink with you and others without the indignities you heaped upon her.”

68 Responses to “Foreign student rape”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ken

    The ratio of rape in Korea is much higher than the USA and Japan even from teen-ager.
    There used be the vice of relative rape called generative test.
    It is explained by Korea researcher of conservatist that having baby especially boy was essential for Korean family from Confucianism.
    But it might be just for the shortage of women with sending 3000 virgins to China for comfort women every year.
    Sexual abuse is chained the most of all child abuses.
    This must be influencing on the high ratio repoted as follows.

    “It ..rapid.. increases in South Korea ..rape.. violation of one’s teens now. In one’s teens..population..rape..violate..number..see..United States..Japan..alone..South Korea..go up.In a word, it is ten time Japan twice the United States. South Korea has increased greatly from 7.3 to 11.5 people while the United States is 6.0 people from 6.4 people even if this transition of five years is seen, and Japan has decreased from 2.1 people to 1.1 people.

    In ..violation.. real number of the rape in one’s teens, South Korea has increased from 496 people to 752 people while the United States decreased to 142 ..Japan.. people in 3,186 people in 04 at 3,402 of the 2000 from 296 people similarly. Moreover, about 4,000 people 1960 year in Japan it decrease up to about 200 people now when ..rape.. number of ..violation.. during year is seen, and about 5,000 people 90 year it have decreased up to about 3,000 people also in the United States now.

    The sex crime by one’s teens in South Korea is more extreme. The ratio that the sexual assault, the gang rape crime, and the burglar sexual assault occupy is 45.6% among sex crimes by one’s teens, and 31.7% of the adult is greatly exceeded.

    Moreover, three person person the first grade of junior high-school has reached the crime again. The point with a low prosecution rate that a sweet action that (27%) is especially represented gives birth to repeat offenders has gone out to this, too.

    Besides this, it has been understood that the ratio in which an intimate person such as companions in the friend, the senior, the junior, and the vicinity violates the sex crime mutually reaches three times the adult in case of one’s teens.

    Chosun Ilbo/Chosun Ilbo JNS”

  2. comment number 2 by: ponta

    Thank you for the explanation.

  3. comment number 3 by: 輝夜姬

    The cost of befriending a Korean male was too high.
    It’s so hard to find non-perverts among Korean and Japanese males.
    They live in hentais, 變態 animations;
    they would refuse to relish the exchange of spirits between two human beings.

  4. comment number 4 by: chase

    “oppa” means older brother. (for a girl)
    “noo-na” means older sister. (for a boy)
    “eun-nee” means older sister. (for a girl)
    “hyung” means older brother. (for a boy)
    These terms are not only designated in family members but people also use them to anyone friendly they know in general. It’s not really just for boyfriend, girlfriend, though “oppa” slightly has some connotations of a relationship. So some girls use “Hyung” to call older males to avoid that (personally I think it’s kind of strange).

  5. comment number 5 by: pacifist

    I learned these words from some Korean dramas, especially oppa, eu-nee (sounds like “On-nee” to Japanese ears) and hyung (sounds like “hyong” to Japanese), but I have not heard they calling younger brothers or younger sisters. Could you please let me know?

  6. comment number 6 by: kjeff

    They called their younger brothers and younger sisters by their first name. To add to chase’s comment… If you’re not in a romantic relationship with him, it’s pretty common to attach his first name in front of ‘oppa’ to call an older male friend(your biological oppa’s friend for example) to avoid confusion.

  7. comment number 7 by: Gerry-Bevers

    “Oppa” means “older brother,” and Korean women use it to refer both to their real older brothers and to older male friends. Korean women also use it to call out to male pop idols and celebrities that they are fans of. When it is used in this way, then I do not think age matters. I think that even older female fans yell out “oppa” when trying to get the attention of a younger male pop idol or celebrity they might spot on the street or at an airport.

  8. comment number 8 by: General Tiger

    “oppa,” “noo-na,” “eun-nee,” and “hyung” were at first used for your family, but the closeness of the village community in old times made the people feel like they were part of a bigger family (and in some cases, the entire village WERE an actual family). The usage of the word spread to the point that you could now call someone you respect and is close to you by the words, or use them for you pop idol/celebrity.

  9. comment number 9 by: pacifist

    kjeff, Gerry and general Tiger,
    Thanks a lot for the information. (Komassumida oppa)
    BTW, in the Tsugaru area of Aomori prefecture (the area along the Sea of Japan), there is an old dialect “Appa” to call his/her mother. I think “Appa” means his/her father in Korea, but I ‘m interested in the coincidence of the pronunciation of the word.

  10. comment number 10 by: General Tiger

    Potential spread of a few words over to the islands.
    Given the friendly relations between Goguryeo/Baekje and Japan at the time, there were possibilities that people moved to Japan.
    Here’s another word that has connections: “Kami” (God). Some People on the Asian mainland worshiped the bear as a god, and called it “Kami.” Koreans would later turn that into “Gom,” which originated from “Komi(Kami).”

  11. comment number 11 by: Errol

    The Metropolitician has some interesting scribblings in the topics of

    White Male Privilege

    , Black Male Privilege, Jewish Male Privilege and Korean Male Privilege that are quite apposite for this story.

    Korean Male Privilege. Eom-ma meaning momma.

    Lee Eui-roung: Eom-ma Bballi wa!

    Korean Girl: NO! NO! NO! NO means no!

    Jewish Male Privilege (identifying with the fraternalism of holocaust VICTIMS)

    Lee Eui-roung: Eom-ma bballi wa!

    Jewish Prison Doctor: A hard rain’s a gonna befall you in prison

    White Male Privilege (identifying with the paternalism of English language SUPERIORITY)

    Lee Eui-roung: Eom-ma Bballi wa!

    White Prison Governor: What we have here is a failure to communicate.

    Black Male Privilege (identifying with the maternalism of the ENORMITY of Black male members in the Queensland Prison System)

    Lee Eui-roung: Eom-ma Bballi wa!

    Black Male Prisoner: Who’s your momma now?

  12. comment number 12 by: pacifist

    General Tiger,
    It’s interesting, “bear” is “kuma” in Japanese.

  13. comment number 13 by: Errol

    Oppatunity strikes when oppa sees a drunk girl?

    Not in the UK it doesn’t.

  14. comment number 14 by: pacifist

    minor correction:
    (Komassumida oppa) SHOULD BE (Komassumida hyung) 🙂

  15. comment number 15 by: kaien

    Ken, that is an interesting quote, could you provide a link? I’d just like to read the whole article and use it myself as a source in case I run into another of these issues. I’ve been burned more than once from quoting hearsay O-o.

  16. comment number 16 by: Ken

    Thank you for having had interest in my post.
    Here it is.

  17. comment number 17 by: Errol

    As several people women have pointed out to me offline I missed an “-ism” in post number 61.

    Korean Male Privilege. (Identifying with the oedipalism associated with the ARROGANT BELIEF that all Korean females love you).

    Lee Eui-roung: Eom-ma Bballi wa!

    Korean Girl: NO! NO! NO! NO means no!

    I’m sorry. I thought she was the owner

    Choi Yeon-hee is still in the Korean parliament.

    Contrast with Australian MPs who are held to higher standard.

  18. comment number 18 by: elb1021

    Incidentally, this story made it into the papers down here in Sydney (link), and even the local editions of international Chinese-language papers are reporting it (link), but not a word from the Korean-language press, even in Australia? Guess they are too busy reporting pressing news about the candidacy of a bunch of old farts for the position of Head of the Sydney Korean Association.