A South Korean national murdered a Vietnamese woman on Sunday morning in the island province of Jeju, South Korea, the Vietnam Embassy to South Korea said Monday.
The Vietnam Embassy say Kim Hee Cheol, 41 was detained for the alleged murder of Nguyen Thi Thanh Ngan, 22, at around 3 a.m. on Sunday at a local hostel, just hours after the two met each other for drinks.
Kim reportedly turned himself in at a police station.
The motive for his crime remains unclear.
Ngan had married another Korean national, Kim Hyun Jun, and entered South Korea in June 2012.
Ngan’s husband later divorced her, claiming she was unable to bear him a child.
The Vietnamese bride moved out of her husband’s house, and has continued to live in South Korea.
Ngan's family members don't know how they'll raise the money to recover her body from Jeju, South Korea. Photo: Duc Tien
Her father Nguyen Ngoc Minh told Thanh Nien that he was too weak to fly to Jeju to bring his daughter's body home.
“…So I let my second son go there. He has already been granted a visa, and is trying to gather money for a plane ticket money now,” said the 60-year old man, who shares a 12-square-meter house with the dozen members of his family.
“I wonder how long it will take before I can have a last look at my daughter’s face?”