South Korea’s Supreme Court upheld the acquittal of a man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his girlfriend, who he said choked to death on a live octopus.
The man, identified only as Mr Kim, checked into a motel in Incheon City near Seoul with his girlfriend in April 2010 after buying two live octopuses from a local restaurant.
He later called reception to say his girlfriend, identified by her surname Yoon, had collapsed and stopped breathing after eating one of them. She was taken to hospital but died 16 days later.
It was initially viewed as an accident but later, police reopened the case when it was discovered that the woman had shortly before opened a life insurance policy with Mr. Kim as the beneficiary. He collected on the insurance policy. Later, “compelling indirect evidence” was cited by a court and he was found guilty of murder. He appealed, it was overturned, and that appeal by prosecutors was rejected.
Live octopus is a delicacy in South Korea but is a known choking hazard, since the still-moving suction cups can cause tentacle pieces to stick in a person’s throat.
A baby octopus is often consumed whole, while larger varieties are cut up and the still-wriggling tentacles eaten with a splash of sesame oil.
That just seems insane. Still wriggling tentacles in your throat does not sound like a pleasant eating experience.