Manhunt on for South Korean over murder of 92-year-old woman on Genting Highlands

Manhunt on for South Korean over murder of 92-year-old woman on Genting Highlands
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KUANTAN: The police are on the hunt for a 57-year-old South Korean man who is believed to have murdered a 92-year-old Chinese woman at a Genting Highlands hotel near here.

Bentong OCPD Supt Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor said they are searching for the suspect, Sung Kyuk-seok (pic), after the body of Xiang Lian Jin was found in the toilet of a hotel room on Tuesday morning.

He said this was approximately 17 hours after the suspect was last seen entering the victim;s room.

Supt Mohamad Mansor said that the suspect entered Xiang's room at around 3.30pm on Monday, adding that he was with a Malaysian maid at the time.

"The suspect held a knife and asked the victim and the maid to sit quietly and tied their legs using cloth and rope.

"He then punched the victim's face before dragging her to the toilet and hitting the victim again," added Supt Mohamad Mansor.

He said the suspect then left around 7am on Tuesday, leaving Xiang and the maid tied up.

Supt Mohamad Mansor added that the preliminary investigation revealed that there was a financial dispute between a member of Xiang's family and the suspect.

It is also learnt that the victim was born in South Korea but is Chinese national.

"It was an act of aggression by attacking a family member," he said.

Supt Mohamad Mansor said they are looking for the suspect and are investigating the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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