S.Korean tycoon gets suspended sentence for beatings

One of South Korea's richest businessmen was handed a suspended 1- year sentence on Tuesday for beating up karaoke bar workers, the latest tycoon in the country to avoid jail despite a criminal conviction.

S.Korean tycoon gets suspended sentence for beatings

One of South Korea's richest businessmen was handed a suspended 1- year sentence on Tuesday for beating up karaoke bar workers, the latest tycoon in the country to avoid jail despite a criminal conviction.

Hanwha Group chairman Kim Seung-youn had appealed his 18-month jail term in July after a district court found him guilty of abducting the bar workers, punching them and hitting them with a steel pipe.

Kim has contended he went to the bar to find those responsible for earlier beating his son.

"Events led to this incident because he was overcome with emotion as a father over his son's injuries," Yonhap News Agency quoted an appeals judge as saying.

The court suspended Kim's sentence for three years and ordered him to do 200 hours of community service.

He has been in hospital since mid-August because of health problems, including depression and insomnia.

Last week, another business tycoon, Hyundai Motor Group chairman Chung Mong-koo, had his jail sentence for fraud suspended, leaving him free to run the world's sixth largest auto maker.

His sentence was suspended by the judge on the grounds putting him behind bars could hurt Asia's fourth largest economy.

Reuters

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