South Korea: 'Murderer' cries as ferry crew attend court

Family members of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol struggle with a security officer. Credit: Reuters

Fifteen crew of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, most of them children, have gone on trial on charges ranging from negligence to murder.

Cries of "murderer" were heard as the captain entered the court.

Captain Lee Joon-seok, 68, and three senior crew members were charged with homicide, facing a maximum sentence of death. Two were charged with fleeing and abandoning ship that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison. Nine were charged with negligence, which can also carry jail terms.

Emotions ran high in court as family members appeared to have already convicted the crew who were caught on video allegedly abandoning ship while the passengers, obeying orders, waited in their cabins for further instructions.