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Cha No Ah Sentenced to 10 Months Prison for Marijuana Charges

October 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm EDT

Cha No Ah walks to the Suwon District Court in Seongnam city on October 1 Credit: Getty Images

Cha No Ah walks to the Suwon District Court in Seongnam city on October 1
Credit: Getty Images

Cha No Ah - son of Blood Rain actor Cha Seung Won – has been given a 10-month prison sentence for smoking marijuana.

The 24-year-old professional online gamer was given his prison sentence last night, October 1, at his final trial heard at the Suwon District Court in Seongnam city.

He wore a casual white t-shirt, hoodie and jeans for the court appearance.

Before the sentencing, Cha's lawyer appealed for leniency, claiming: "While the defendant has confessed to the charges, he did not personally purchase the marijuana nor does he smoke it habitually." However, despite the appeal the court demanded imprisonment. (Drug use of any kind in South Korea is illegal).

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Cha No Ah said outside the courthouse: "I am currently physically unwell and am deeply reflecting on my wrongdoings. I am sorry to my family and those around me." His family are now attempting to appeal against the charges.

The drug case is not Cha's only transgression. In August, he was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl. The case will be trialled at a later date.

 

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