UIJEONGBU, South Korea — The trial of a 2nd Infantry Division soldier accused of beating two South Koreans outside a bar April 25 was postponed Wednesday because the bar owner who was supposed to testify didn’t show up.
Pvt. Dustin Roper is on trial for allegedly assaulting the men outside the JJ Bar in Dongducheon’s New Town. Judge Bae Jun-hyun said the bar owner, Kim Jung-chul, was issued a summons, but could not be reached. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 31
During the 15-minute hearing Wednesday, the prosecutor stated Roper also faces indictment on unrelated charges of burglary and damaging property. The soldier has been the focus of anti-U.S. military protests in Area I since May 19th, when he was arrested after police found him next to a beauty shop that was on fire.
At that time, prosecutors did not charge him with arson, but said he likely faced lesser charges.