Duc, sequere, aut de via decede!

Neighbours in Suwon ignore woman’s screams during her murder believing it to be a domestic quarrel

April 8th, 2012 . by Errol

Neighbors heard a woman screaming for help, but didn’t report to police because they thought it was a quarrel between a husband and wife.

According to police, the 28-year-old victim called the 112 Crime Report Center with her mobile phone at 10:58 p.m. on April 1.

A check discovered that there were about 20 officers on duty at the emergency center but no responses were made in the critical eight minutes after the women’s call-in.

In a terrified voice, she told police that she had been abducted by a man and was being raped at the man’s house.

The crime scene was found to be only seven minutes away from the nearest police station.

She said the house was located somewhere between a public playground and an elementary school in the Jidong area, but the officer kept asking her for an accurate address. She then began to plead for forgiveness to her attacker as the sound of a door being broken was heard before the phone was dropped.

The call continued for several minutes. She didn’t hang up in order to help detectives find her location. However, officers arrived at the scene about 13 hours after the call was made.

Police are suspected of having attempted to cover up their bungling of the case.

After the murder was first reported by the media, police said the phone was hung up after 1 minute and 20 seconds. However, it was later found that her call continued for more than six minutes.

The Korea Times, April 8, 2012

The Korea Times has an editorial on this incident here:

Corrupt and incompetent

The Joongang Daily also provides a transcript of the entire call and the purported reason for the rape and murder.

Victim: Please help me. I’m being raped by a stranger. It is the attacker’s house located between the Motgol public playground and Jidong Elementary School.

Police: You mean the school in Ji-dong in Paldal District?

Victim: Yes. Please hurry.

Police: Let us trace your location through your mobile.


Police: Are you really saying that you’re being raped?

Victim: Yes, the attacker just went out of the house temporarily and I locked the door of a room and am making this call.

Police: Can you give us more details about the location again?

Victim: A house between the school and the playground. Please hurry please.

Police: Do you know who he is?

Victim: No.

(Sound of door breaking)

Victim: Please sir, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.

Police: Hello? Please give us the address one more time. Hello?

-Call terminated

According to the suspect, he was drunk and leaving a convenience store when he collided with the victim, who was on her way home, on the sidewalk. She didn’t apologize, so he got angry and kidnapped her.

Yoo Gil-yong, Kwon Sang-soo, Korea Joongang Daily, April 07, 2012

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