Korean widower in LLCPO custody

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Sunday, May 25, 2014


THE Korean man tagged as the suspect in the killing of his wife and parents-in-law inside their restaurant in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City was taken to the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office detention cell last Friday night.

Kim Seewong, 36, who had a slit wound in his left wrist when police found him in the attic of the Han Ga Wi restaurant, was brought to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center last Thursday night. Read the related story here.

The Lapu-Lapu City Police Office (LLCPO) are preparing parricide and double murder charges against Kim, who was transferred to the detention cell around 8 p.m. last Friday.

Senior Supt. Armando Radoc, acting chief of the LLCPO, said a family member of the victims is set to visit the Homicide Section today.

The bodies of Ho An, 69, his wife Kim Soonok and their daughter Youngmi An were found with multiple stab wounds inside the restaurant.

Radoc, in a text message to Sun.Star Cebu yesterday, said his office might get on Monday a copy of the results of the autopsy performed on the victims' bodies.

The old couple's son will discuss with the police his plans about the victims' remains today, Radoc said.

The victims and the suspect ran the Han Ga Wi restaurant, where they also lived, for one year.

The police named Kim as the suspect based on the account of the restaurant's security guard, who narrated in the guard's logbook that he overheard the family quarreling past 2 a.m. last Thursday.

Claudio Eborda Jr. wrote that he heard Kim's wife screaming and crying before the restaurant fell silent.

Investigators said there were no signs that an outsider was involved the crime.

In an interview with Sun.Star Cebu, Eborda said Kim padlocked the front glass door. As though not contented with the padlock, he inserted a piece of wood through the door handles and tied these with rope.

He said he could not hear clearly what was going on inside because the building has thick walls.

The crime was discovered when a Korean friend of Kim's wife went to the restaurant. She asked a female security guard, who reported to duty after Eborda's shift ended, to open the unlocked door at the back and check the situation inside.

When the guard saw a trail of blood on the floor, she went out and called the police.

Homicide investigators recovered two blood-stained knives, one of them broken, from the crime scene. Broken chairs were also scattered on the floor.

They found Kim in the attic with a slashed left wrist, leading investigators to assume he tried to commit suicide. He also smelled of alcohol.

The police are still trying to get a copy of Kim and his wife's marriage certificate. If they could not get the document, the police will file a case for multiple homicide against Kim on Monday. (RSB)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 25, 2014.

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