Date
17 February 2018
The 42-year-old suspect (inset) was found highly intoxicated and unconscious inside a suite at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in West Kowloon, while his wife and son lay dead in the bed, on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ/i-Cable News
The 42-year-old suspect (inset) was found highly intoxicated and unconscious inside a suite at The Ritz-Carlton hotel in West Kowloon, while his wife and son lay dead in the bed, on Sunday. Photo: HKEJ/i-Cable News

South Korean man arrested over Ritz-Carlton double murder

South Korean man was arrested on Sunday after he was suspected of killing his wife and seven-year-old son with a knife at a luxury hotel in West Kowloon.

Police said the suspect, surnamed Kim, 42, was highly intoxicated and unconscious when officers forced themselves into a suite at The Ritz-Carlton hotel at the International Commerce Centre while his wife and son were found dead in the bed, Apple Daily reports.

The wife, 42, had multiple wounds to the neck while the boy’s throat was cut.

After he was put in an ambulance, the suspect kept shouting, struggling and vomiting, prompting paramedics to tie up his hands and legs.

Investigation showed that the family arrived in Hong on Jan. 6, and after touring the city and Macau in the next few days, they checked in at the hotel on Jan. 10.

On Sunday, at around 7 a.m., when they were about to check out, Kim called one of his friends in South Korea and said he wanted to commit suicide along with his family because of the failure of his business.

Shocked at Kim’s words, the friend immediately called the South Korean consulate general in Hong Kong.

After confirming the family’s whereabouts, consulate staff asked hotel personnel to help see what was happening in the suite.

The hotel staff knocked on the door but got no answer, although they said they heard strange sounds coming from the suite. They then called the police.

Police officers found a knife that did not belong to the hotel and some pills, which turned out to be vitamins and flu medicine, according to an initial investigation.

Post-mortem examinations will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death of the deceased.

The Regional Crime Unit of the Yau Tsim Police District is handling the case.

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