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A 20-year-old man who used force to abuse a junior soldier by saying he "has to be physically demanding" has been sentenced to a suspended prison sentence.

Yesterday (11th), the Criminal Division 1 of the Gwangju District Law (Chief Judge Ha Jong-min) announced that Mr. A, who is in his 20s, who was put on trial for the abuse of force, was sentenced to six months in prison and one year of probation.

Mr. A is accused of committing a brutal act using force against his junior, Mr. B, who was on guard duty with him at the Marine Corps parent unit between January 6 and February 1 last year.

Mr. A threw a gas mask and lantern at Mr. B because Mr. B was slow to act and made him pick it up again, which Mr. B repeated more than 1 times.

Mr. A also told Mr. B, "You must be physically hard," and made him jump 31 meters uphill with two weapons, including his rifle, and a day later he made him run uphill again because he "didn't answer properly."

In the end, Mr. A received a suspended prison sentence for special assault on Mr. B by a military court in February.

For Mr. A, who later appeared in court through a private trial, the court stated the reasons for sentencing, saying, "The guilt is not light and the victim has not forgiven him," but "he is reflecting on his mistakes and considering the equity compared to if the assault against the same victim had been adjudicated at the same time."

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