A woman in her 50s, who was put on trial on charges of stalking Jung Eun-ji, was sentenced to probation

A woman in her 50s who was put on trial on charges of stalking singer and actress Jung Eun-ji for several years was sentenced to probation.

According to the legal community on the 18th, Criminal Division 13 of the Seoul Central District Court (Judge Lee Yong-je) sentenced Jo, a woman in her 50s, to one year in prison and two years probation, who was indicted on charges of violating the law on the punishment of stalking crimes. She was also ordered to pay a 100,000 won fine, probation, and 120 hours of community service.

Ms. Cho is accused of sending a total of 544 messages to Jung Eun-ji through official channels and fan platform communities since March 2020, including a text message containing the content, “Will you accept me as your butler and companion?”

In addition, Ms. Cho, who works in her delivery business, is also accused of stalking Eunji Jeong using his motorcycle when she was moving from the KBS main building in Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul to her hair and makeup shop in Gangnam-gu in May of the same year. Also, in July 2021, it was reported that she was discovered by the police while Jung Eun-ji was lurking in the entrance of her apartment complex.

Afterwards, Cho told Jung Eun-ji that she would not text her despite her agency’s warning, but she continued to text her repeatedly afterward, eventually leading to her agency suing Cho in August 2021.

Jung Eun-ji, who stopped the fan communication community in December 2021, said, “I tried my best because I thought it would be a link to communicate comfortably with fans, but contrary to the healthy intentions I thought, there are people who are overly immersed and cannot live their daily lives.” “Because of things like visiting in person, I unintentionally put a lot of stress on myself, so I think I will only use the bubble until December and no longer.”

Ms. Cho reportedly texted Jung Eun-ji through her official channel after her bubble was interrupted. After being handed over to her trial, Cho even denied her crime.

The court said, “The content of the message sent by the defendant to the victim appears to have gone beyond the level of affection that a fan would normally send to his or her favorite celebrity. Even if the victim joined a specific channel to communicate with the general public, it cannot be said that any form of access or contact was permitted,” he said.

“The defendant’s crime is not good, and the victim appears to have suffered considerable mental shock, pain, anxiety, and fear. Nevertheless, the defendant denies the crime and shows no signs of remorse,” he said, citing the reason for sentencing.

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Ms. Cho appealed against the first trial decision immediately after receiving the copy of the decision on the 15th.