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Korean couple files lawsuit after daughter drowned in hotel pool

Posted: Sep 14, 2018 5:48 PM +10:00 Updated:

A Korean couple has filed suit against Premier Ken Guam, LP. The litigation follows the tragic death of their daughter who drowned in the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa pool.   

Couple Junseog Jang and Seungjin Han came to Guam back in August 2017 for a family vacation. That fun ended abruptly when their daughter, Myungwon, drowned in the hotel swimming pool. The family, back in January, filed a wrongful death suit against Premier Ken Guam, LP doing business on Guam as Hilton Resort & Spa.

Mom and Dad allege the Tumon hotel negligently managed, operated, maintained and controlled their swimming pool and that the pool was negligently and wrongfully designed, constructed, maintained, operated and supervised. Their 5-year-old daughter, they report, experienced trauma, pain, and suffering prior to her death.

Mom and dad, court documents state, also report suffering from "extreme emotion and psychological injury" as well as incurred medical expenses.

While the story has made Korean headlines, not so much on Guam. Currently at issue: Defense is calling out the couple for editing the surveillance footage of the ordeal, which was posted on a Korean website.

PKG, court documents state, allege the couple knowingly used this video to inflame the public and that they "cut and spliced that video into a misleading clip and then surrounded it with inflammatory false statements."

PKG wants to keep the video out and that it "will not add any value from the perspective of water safety."

Plaintiffs argue otherwise stating "The video itself is immensely newsworthy. Water safety is something you can never pay enough attention to... Guam is a tourist destination for all the world. The world has a right and need to know as much about this case as possible. Of course there is going to be a divergence of opinion as to the characterization of the events which took place. But that characterization should be protected as no two people even completely agree on a car crash they both witness from the same vantage point. Courts should not deprive the public of one side's view of events. However, here we have a video, showing an event of immense public interest to the lives of persons throughout this part of the globe whether they are potential tourists or just people planning to take a swim."

The couple further argues there's little likelihood that a Guam juror would've been exposed to the Korean website in question, proving they're making "no effort to affect a Guam jury."

A return hearing is set for October 10.

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