Back in May, more than 80 people were confirmed to have contracted the COVID19 after a 24-year-old instructor visited clubs in Itaewon but lied about his job. This, in turn, delayed the contact tracing.
The instructor was arrested and was put on trial. He appealed for leniency, stating that he would live his life self-reflecting. However, the court sentenced him to prison.
The 24-year-old cram school academy instructor was infected with the COVID19 virus when he went to clubs in Itaewon, Seoul. During the contact tracing investigation, the instructor lied to quarantine authorities that he did not have a job. This cause a delay in tracing the individuals the instructor came in contact with, causing over 80 more infections. Therefore, the court sentenced him to six months in prison.
During the trial, the instructor appealed for leniency, saying, “I didn’t expect such a serious thing would happen due to just a few words I said. I will live my life in apology.” However, the court stated that the instructor caused much social and financial damage through his actions and also caused fear and anxiety to the citizens as reasons for their decision.
However, the court decided on the short prison sentence considering that the instructor had no criminal record and had admitted to his wrongdoings, showing sincere remorse.
The instructor tested positive back on May 9th of this year. It was the time when mass infections broke out at the clubs in Itaewon. The instructor visited clubs and bars in Itaewon a week before