Vietnamese woman found dead in hotel: Singaporean boyfriend a possessive man, says sister

Vietnamese woman found dead in hotel: Singaporean boyfriend a possessive man, says sister
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The family of the Vietnamese woman who was recently found dead in a hotel room in Hanoi has provided more insight on why they suspected her boyfriend was allegedly involved in her death.

Vietnamese media reported that the body of 24-year-old Lam Thi Thuong was found on Sept 30, a few days after she went missing.

According to Shin Min Daily News, Ms Lam's boyfriend - a Singaporean man - has been cited by the victim's family as the main suspect in the case. His current whereabouts is unknown.

The deceased's sister - who was unnamed - talked about the events that led up to her death in an interview with Lianhe Wanbao.

She told the Chinese evening daily that Ms Lam had an on-off relationship with a Singaporean man. Ms Lam had shared with her that she had attempted to end her relationship with her boyfriend numerous times and described him as a possessive man.

According to Ms Lam's sister, he had once threatened the victim: "I won't let you off if you don't love me!"

It is understood that the man had also restricted Ms Lam from looking for a job, and contacted her via text messages and video calls all the time.

According to Lianhe Wanbao, Ms Lam's boyfriend went to Hanoi to look for her on Sept 26 and the couple argued over the phone as she refused to meet him.

Ms Lam told her sister that she wanted to break up with him but he was adamant in salvaging their relationship. The couple later reconciled and the young woman met him the following morning.

However, they fought once again and an angry Lam returned home at 5pm. At 11pm, she told her sister that she was going to meet her boyfriend at the hotel but never returned home.

Ms Lam's family tried to contact her repeatedly until they received news of her death on Sept 30.

Police investigations are ongoing.

minlee@sph.com.sg

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