South Korea's 'Molar Daddy' gets death penalty for murdering teen girl

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A court in South Korea on Wednesday (Feb 21) meted out a death sentence for a man charged with killing a school friend of his daughter after sexually molesting her, Yonhap news agency reported.

The Seoul Northern District Court handed down the gravest possible punishment on 36-year-old Lee Young Hak, more infamously known as "Molar Daddy".

Lee had confessed to choking a 14-year-old girl to death in his home last September after committing lewd acts on her body while she was drugged.

Prosecutors had demanded the death penalty.

The also sentenced his daughter, whose identity was not revealed, to four years in prison for luring the friend to the house and helping her father dump her body, Yonhap said.

But her sentence can be extended up to six years in case of an infraction during her four-year imprisonment.

The killing shocked the nation as Lee was publicly known after appearing on a TV show in the 2000s, which portrayed him as a poor man suffering from a rare dental disease while trying to eke out a living with a daughter who had the same incurable illness.

Lee earned the nickname after losing all but one molar while treating the disease.