Food, clothes, jewelry, etc. stolen from supermarkets, grocery stores, and weddings
A woman in her 30s who committed habitual theft as a side effect of overdosing on diet pills was sentenced to prison in the first trial.
According to legal circles on the 22nd, the Daejeon District Court Criminal Division 11 (Deputy Chief Judge Choi Seok-jin) sentenced Ms. A (36, female메이저놀이터), who was accused of breaking into buildings at night, to one year and six months in prison and ordered her to undergo therapeutic supervision.
Ms. A is accused of stealing food, clothes, and precious metals on 14 occasions, starting with entering a supermarket in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, at around 2:25 a.m. on October 24, 2021, and stealing two sweets, and continuing through June of last year, stealing food, clothes, and precious metals from one-room apartments, goshotels, wedding halls, bakeries, and unattended stores in Seoul and Daejeon.
On Oct. 4 last year, he was also charged with eating food at restaurants and not paying for it (fraud) on 16 occasions over three months from May of that year, including taking bread from the shelves of a bakery in western Daejeon to a table without paying for it and eating it on the spot when he was stopped by an employee. The total amount of damage was estimated to be about 2.6 million won.
It was confirmed that Mr. A misused and abused diet pills to lose weight, taking dozens of pills at a time, and suffered from side effects as a result. The court determined that he committed the offense under circumstances where his ability to distinguish between things was weak due to this. Diet pills contain fentanyl, an appetite suppressant that can stimulate the central nervous system and cause anxiety, dizziness, insomnia, and psychotic episodes.
“The defendant suffered from schizophrenia as a result of the overdose of diet pills, and his psychological state as a result of this mental illness appears to have contributed to the crime,” the trial court said. However, “even taking into account the impact of mental illness, the defendant repeatedly committed crimes against small business owners, was previously punished for the same crimes several times, committed the crimes during a period of imprisonment, and did not recover from most of the damage,” the court said.