A woman in her 40s who started a fire in an apartment with her young children was put on trial, but received leniency from the court.
The 14th Criminal Division of the Incheon District Court (Chief Judge Ryu Gyeong-jin) announced today (13th) that it had postponed the 10-month prison sentence for Ms. A (44, female), who was indicted on charges of attempted arson of an existing building.
Deferred sentencing is a ruling that postpones sentencing for a minor crime for a certain period of time, and effectively cancels the sentence two years after the date of deferment.
Mr. A was indicted on charges of attempting to set a fire at an apartment in Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, at approximately 4:37 p.m. on March 14 last year.
He ignited two household letters and a curtain with a lighter, and his surprised husband B (43) sprinkled water to put them out.
Two children, ages 9 and 7, were also at home at the time.
It was found that Mr. A committed the crime after taking a tranquilizer because he was angry when his mother and her husband argued.
The court did not accept Mr. A's claim that "he was in a state of mental and physical loss due to drug addiction at the time of the crime," but gave leniency, saying that the damage was not significant.
The court ruled, “It is acknowledged that the defendant was addicted to drugs by taking tranquilizers,” but added, “Looking at the defendant’s actions before and after the crime, his ability to discriminate between objects or make decisions was not impaired.”
He added, "Arson is a serious crime that can lead to property damage or loss of life," and added, "The crime was committed in the presence of children, and the children are likely to have felt a great deal of fear due to this incident."
However, the court stated the reason for sentencing, saying, "The defendant committed the crime impulsively due to stress due to family discord, etc.," and "taking into account the fact that it was his first offense and no casualties occurred."