The final trial for BIGBANG’s T.O.P took place 20th July where he was sentenced for his usage of marijuana. Netizens are not happy with the outcome.
TOP pleaded guilty to all charges, which were four charges of marijuana use, two being the use of liquid marijuana.
“The defendant has acknowledged all of the charges made against him and has been found guilty. Drug-related crimes not only hurt the individual’s health but it can also have major negative effects on society as a whole, so there is no choice but to give a severe punishment. However, we have taken into consideration that the defendant is sincerely self-reflecting and that he does not have any previous criminal offences.” – Statement from the court
The court sentenced TOP to 10 months in prison, which has been suspended two years, in addition to that he will have to pay a fine of 12,000 Won ($10.7 / £8.2). If he violates his probation he would have to spend 10 months in prison. In terms of his mandatory service, TOP will be re-evaluated to see if he can continue as an active duty soldier. If found unfit for the role, he will continue as a social worker meaning he won’t need to restart his enlistment time.
Netizens are not pleased with how light his sentence is:
“ㅋㅋㅋㅋ I guess if you “reflect”, you can dodge jail time… so funny, he landed probation just for reflecting… Let me reflect the next time I commit a crime, you better give me probation too”
“The law is a mess, no wonder people go around smoking marijuana and causing this mess”
“Can’t even imagine what would’ve happened if he wasn’t a celebrity, sigh”
“These Big Bang kids would’ve been exiled forever if they were a female idol group. I knew when GD got off easy that TOP would too. The army is no place for him, trash like him belongs in jail.”
“Not even once but three times he smoked it with a female trainee and he gets off with probation ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ and what? Is he being allowed back into the army? Hilarious, really ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ”
What do you think?