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Sunday 21 September 2014

Drawings link to army shootings

Published 15/07/2014 | 11:48

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A South Korean soldier who allegedly killed five colleagues opened fire after claiming drawings depicting him as SpongeBob SquarePants mocked him, investigators say

A South Korean soldier involved in a deadly shooting spree has testified that he opened fire on colleagues after seeing their drawings depicting him as SpongeBob SquarePants, according to military investigators.

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The soldier, surnamed Yim, was arrested last month after allegedly killing five soldiers and wounding seven others at their army unit near the border with North Korea.

Brigadier General Seon Jong-chul told reporters on Tuesday that Yim testified that he went on the rampage after finding the drawings, which he believed mocked him, on the back of his unit's border patrol log.

Seon says Yim told investigators he had suffered lots of stress because of the drawings.

Defence Ministry officials say military prosecutors plan to indict Yim.

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