South Korean jailed for attacking fellow countryman in HCMC

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A Ho Chi Minh City court sentenced a South Korean man to six months in prison, on Thursday, for attempting to stab a fellow countryman in the neck.

Shim Jeaman, 46, was charged with "deliberately causing injuries" to Kim Kwang-soo (age not known).

According to the indictment, Jeaman borrowed US$550 from Kwang-soo in June of 2011 and left his passport as collateral.

When it came time to pay back the debt, Jeaman arranged to meet Kwang-soo at a hotel where he explained that he could not pay back his debt.

Jeaman then proceeded to demand the return of his passport. He would later tell the HCMC People's Court that he needed his passport to fly home and tend to some family business.

When Kwang-soo refused, Jeaman picked up a knife and tried to stab him in the neck. A scuffle ensued and Kwang-soo managed to disarm Jeaman.

After the incident, Jeaman went to the South Korean Consulate in HCMC and applied for a new passport.

After his departure, Kwang-soo reported the incident to the police. Jeaman was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City after he returned in January.

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