Alleged victim testifies against professional soccer player in rape trial

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Guam – The professional soccer player from South Korea accused of raping a woman in his hotel room in January may take the stand tomorrow if the court does not grant a judgment of acquittal in the case.

In court this afternoon the woman whom Byng O Kim is accused of raping took the stand, stating that Kim’s coach had tried to pay off her then-boyfriend a sum of 1 million South Korean won, roughly equivalent to $881 U.S. dollars, in an attempt to settle the matter outside of the courtroom. But the boyfriend turned the money down, according to authorities.

In addition to the victim’s testimony, the nurse who administered the victim’s rape kit also took the stand, testifying about the injuries the victim sustained in the sexual assault.

However, according to Kim’s attorney, the government failed to provide evidence that the sexual encounter was forced or coerced. Attorney Randall Cunliffe pointed out that the victim at no point resisted or indicated that she did not consent. Cunliffe is seeking an acquittal for his client.

The prosecution opposed Cunliffe’s motion for acquittal, arguing the presence of “element of surprise.”

Judge Arthur Barcinas did not rule on the motion, citing the need for further review of case law.

The judge then warned the defense to have Kim prepared to take the stand tomorrow morning should the court allow all the evidence to proceed to the jury.

Trial resumes tomorrow at 9 a.m.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.