Briton jailed for strangling South Korean student

14th February 2013, Comments 0 comments

A British man who strangled his South Korean ex-girlfriend to death then tried to book a flight to the United States was jailed for 10 years on Thursday.

Daniel Jones, 27, had pleaded guilty to a charge of manslaughter. He asphyxiated Da In Lee at his flat on April 8 last year following a row about domestic chores.

Lee, 22, was studying international relations at Aston University in Birmingham, Britain's second city.

Passing sentence at Wolverhampton Crown Court in central England, judge John Wait condemned Jones for his "callous" behaviour after the killing, which included attempts to use Lee's credit card.

He accepted the jury's findings that Jones did not intend to cause death or life-threatening injury.

"But this was an intentional assault: it was intended to frighten her, to terrify her, to demonstrate control over her.

"When you realised that by that dangerous and violent act you had stopped her breathing... you didn't seek help for her -- you covered her body, left her and sought to avoid responsibility."

Wait said Lee was a "highly intelligent and well-liked" student. Police said afterwards that her family in South Korea were "devastated" by her death.

The judge ordered that Jones be supervised for a further period of five years after serving his sentence.

© 2013 AFP

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