Acquittal upheld in South Korea 'octopus murder' case
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the acquittal of a 32-year-old man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend, who he said choked to death on a live octopus.
The long-running case, fuelled by accusations of police incompetence, has received enormous media and public attention in South Korea.
"Indirect, circumstantial evidence is insufficient to support the charge that the accused killed the woman by suffocating her", the court said in a statement, upholding an April ruling by an appeals court.
The man, identified only as Kim, checked into a motel in Incheon City near Seoul with his girlfriend in April 2010 after buying two live octopuses from a local restaurant.