Date
21 July 2018
A prison van is seen parked at the Lai Chi Kok detention center in a file photo from November 2016. On Monday, a South Korean businessman who was being held at the facility is said to have committed suicide. Photo: AFP
A prison van is seen parked at the Lai Chi Kok detention center in a file photo from November 2016. On Monday, a South Korean businessman who was being held at the facility is said to have committed suicide. Photo: AFP

Korean man accused of double murder at HK hotel dies in custody

A South Korean businessman who has been suspected of murdering his wife and seven-year-old son at a luxury hotel in West Kowloon in January has died in custody while awaiting a trial.

It is believed that the suspect, who is 43 years in age, took his own life.

Kim Min-ho was found lying unconscious in his cell at the Lai Chi Kok detention center at about 7 am on Monday.

He was rushed to the Caritas Medical Centre, where he was later pronounced dead, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Police believe that Kim wrapped a piece of cloth torn by him from the bed sheet around his neck and choked himself to death.

According to a note written in English found at the scene, Kim claimed to be very tired and said he was bidding goodbye to all his friends.

On Jan. 14, police found Kim’s wife and son dead in the bed of a suite at the Ritz-Carlton hotel at the International Commerce Centre after receiving a report from the hotel staff.

Kim, who had been involved in a chocolate business in South Korea, was meanwhile found highly intoxicated and unconscious.

Police found a knife in the hotel room and arrested Kim on the spot.

He was scheduled to appear in court next on May 23.

In the wake of the suspected suicide incident in cell, which was the third of its kind this year, Democratic Party lawmaker James To Kun-sun urged the Correctional Services Department to conduct a thorough investigation as well as study the feasibility of changing bed sheets provided for inmates to those that are not easy to be ripped apart.

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