Lai Chi Kok Reception Center, Kowloon. Photo: Google Maps

A 42-year-old South Korean businessman who had been awaiting trial in Hong Kong after being charged with the murder of his wife and son early this year hanged himself in his cell on Monday morning.

At 8am, officers at Lai Chi Kok Reception Center in Cheung Sha Wan, New Kowloon, found Kim Minho hanging from a bedsheet in his individual cell, news website Sing Tao Daily reported.

The man was sent to Caritas Medical Center but was pronounced dead. Police are investigating.

On January 14, Kim allegedly called a friend in South Korea to say that he and his family were planning to commit suicide, adding that he was facing financial difficulties.

The friend then called South Korean police, who got in touch with the country’s consulate in Hong Kong, which reported the case to local police and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in West Kowloon district where the family was staying.

When Hong Kong police went to the hotel, they found the bodies of the man’s 42-year-old wife and his six-year-old son on a bed with neck injuries. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect was said to have been found in a semi-unconscious state in the hotel room.

The case was mentioned at the Kowloon Magistrates’ Court and the judge adjourned the trial until May 23 and ordered the suspect remanded in custody.

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