South Korean man, suspected of killing wife and child, found dead in jail cell: Reports

The suspect, a 42-year-old surnamed Kim, strapped to a hospital gurney yelling as he’s wheeled from the ambulance in January. Screengrab via Apple Daily video.

A South Korean man, charged with killing his wife and son at West Kowloon’s Ritz-Carlton hotel in January, has been found dead in his prison cell, according to reports.

According to Ming Pao, a 42-year-old man, identified as Kim Min-ho, was found hanging in a cell at the Lai Chi Kok Reception Centre this morning and was later certified dead in hospital.

RTHK also reported that a South Korean national was found dead at the prison, and wrote the dead man was believed to be the suspect from January’s shocking murders at the luxury hotel.

Kim was arrested in January for the murders of his 42-year-old wife and 6-year-old son, who were found with their throats cut in a luxury suite of the five-star Ritz Carlton hotel.

According to a previous report in the SCMP, the suspect, the boss of a chocolate factory in South Korea, told police he was too drunk to recall what had happened.

However several reports indicated that, on the morning of the murders, the suspect called his friend in South Korea and said his business was failing and he and his family were about to commit suicide.

His friend notified South Korean authorities, who contacted the country’s consulate in Hong Kong.

The consulate informed the Ritz-Carlton Hotel where the family were staying and the police were called in.

Officers found the bodies of the man’s wife and six-year-old son with knife wounds.

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