A monk in his 60s who beat and killed a neighbor in a small rural village in Hapcheon, South Gyeongsang Province, has been arrested by the police.
The monks and the villagers, who had no monks, often had conflicts over the sound of the flames.
This is reporter Oh Tae-in.
A small rural village in Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do.
The bloodstains are clearly visible on the narrow road to the Buddhist temple in the village.
This is the scene where monk A in his 60s, who lives at the end of an alley, struck a neighbor with a sledgehammer and killed him.
There was a problem with the sound of flames turned on loudly using the speaker.
The private hall operated by the suspect and the victim’s house were separated by about 10 meters across the vacant lot.
When the victim complained that the sound of the flame was too loud, suspect A threw a stone, and when he reported it to the police, he hit him with a blunt weapon.
[고종욱 / 경남 합천경찰서 수사과장 : 계속해서 방송으로 염불하니까 피해자가 이를 따졌고 피의자는 따지는 피해자의 행위에 대행해서 둔기로 폭행해 사망까지….]
It is known that the victim and monk A, who came down to their hometown three years ago for health reasons, usually had conflicts over the sound of the flames.
[피해자 유가족 : 평소에도 아침 6시부터 저녁까지 계속 염불을 틀어놓으니까 마을 주민들도 민원을 제기했고…. 못 참겠다 싶으면 찾아가서 이야기했는데 그때마다 문제가 조금….]
As a result of the police investigation, Mr. A was a monk who had no victory and lived alone in the Buddhist hall with the recorded fire burning.
The police have applied for an arrest warrant for A on suspicion of murder and are investigating the exact motive for the crime.
This is YTN Oh Tae-in.
YTN Oh Tae-in ([email protected])
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