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UPDATED: 10:59, May 08, 2007
S.Korea sentences U.S. soldier to jail for assault
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A U.S. soldier was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in prison for assaulting a South Korean taxi driver without any specific reason, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

The accused person assaulted the victim without any specific reason to inflict serious harm, said Judge Han Yang-seok of the Seoul Central District Court.

The judge, however, suspended the jail term for the soldier, identified only by the initial of his family name B, for two years, saying he had compensated the driver and that the U.S. military demoted the soldier and cut his pay.

The private first class belongs to the honor guard unit of the 8th U.S. Army. A U.S. army private who was also involved in the assault was ordered to pay a fine of 2 million won (2,164 U.S. dollars).

The soldiers were convicted of pummeling the 51-year-old taxi driver, identified only by his family name Baek, in the face when he was urinating in a public bathroom on a street in the Itaewon area of central Seoul on Nov. 17.

Source: Xinhua

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