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Accused South Korean murderer dies in custody in Hong Kong

AFP-JIJI

A South Korean man charged with murdering his wife and young son at the luxury Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong earlier this year has died in custody, police said Monday.

Kim Min-ho, 42, was found unconscious at the maximum security Lai Chi Kok detention center Monday morning and was later declared dead at hospital, a police spokeswoman said.

Police gave no detail on how Kim died but local Hong Kong media reported he had taken his own life.

Kim, who stated on his Facebook page that he was head of the U.S.-based Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory retail chain’s South Korea operations, was arrested in January and charged with double murder after the bloody discovery in the hotel room.

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

Kim’s wife and six-year-old son were found dead at the scene. His wife had multiple cuts to her neck and his son had a throat wound.

Kim was believed to have consumed alcohol and appeared unconscious in the hotel suite with minor wounds to his hand and face, police assistant district commander Chan Tsz-Leung said at the time.

Police retrieved a five-inch-long knife from the room and Kim was arrested.

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

The Ritz-Carlton is located on the top floors of Hong Kong’s tallest skyscraper — the International Commerce Centre — and is famous for panoramic views of the city and its Victoria Harbour.