Tamil Diplomat

South Korea jails American for Seoul Burger King murder

An American man has been jailed in South Korea for the 1997 murder of a man who was stabbed to death in the toilet of a Burger King restaurant.

Arthur John Patterson had denied killing 22-year-old Jo Jung-Pil in the capital Seoul. He has been given a 20-year sentence, the maximum for someone aged under 18 at the time of a crime. Patterson, who was 17 years old at the time, was extradited from the US years after another American was acquitted.

Mr Jo, 22, was found with multiple stab wounds in the fast food restaurant in Seoul. Prosecutors said the men did not know each other and argued that Patterson had shown a “devil-like brutality” in stabbing Mr Jo to death for no apparent reason. (BBC News, 2016)