South Korean charged with murder of wife, son at Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton

South Korean charged with murder of wife, son at Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton
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HONG KONG - A South Korean man was formally charged on Tuesday with murdering his wife and six-year-old son at the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong.

Kim Min-ho, 42, was arrested after police found the bodies of his wife, Song Wha-jeong, 42, and son, Kim Tae-yun, on Sunday in a suite at the hotel which overlooks the financial centre's Victoria Harbour.

Kim appeared in court wearing a dark blue jacket and hood. Slightly balding and wearing glasses, Kim stared blankly across the room as the two charges were read to him in Korean by an interpreter. He had been photographed earlier in hospital with his left hand bandaged and escorted by police officers.

When asked whether he understood the charges, he said, "yes, I do" quietly.

A lawyer for Kim requested the case be adjourned till Jan. 30 to allow time to obtain psychiatric reports to see whether is fit to stand trial. He will remain in custody until then.

The Ritz-Carlton takes up the top 15 floors of Hong Kong's tallest building, the International Commerce Centre. According to the charge sheet, Kim committed the alleged murders in room 31 on the 109th floor.

The South Korean consulate said in an email to Reuters that it had been informed of this "tragic incident" and was "closely cooperating with the Hong Kong police to investigate" while providing assistance to the family of the victims.

South Korean man arrested for killing wife and son in Hong Kong's Ritz-Carlton

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    A South Korean man has been arrested in Hong Kong for the suspected murder of his wife and child.

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    They were found at the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel on Hong Kong's harbourfront.

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    Police rushed to the hotel after receiving a report on Sunday morning that a man and a woman were fighting.

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    A woman and a young boy were found dead at the scene while the man was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to hospital, police said.

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    The man was found sitting in the room in a semi-conscious state, the South China Morning Post reported on Sunday. Officers also found a 13cm-long knife at the scene.

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    "His wife and son were found dead in the bedroom with slash wounds on their necks," a police source said.

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    According to local news site Apple Daily, the couple, in their 40s, and their seven-year-old son checked into the five-star hotel a few days before.

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    A source with knowledge of the investigation told AFP that a friend of the suspect had warned the authorities in South Korea he was potentially suicidal shortly before the incident.

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