Korean man in the dock for killing Vietnamese woman

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Police in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang Monday recommended charges of murder against a South Korean man for allegedly stabbing his Vietnamese girlfriend's mother to death.

Lee Sang Jin, 37, reportedly stabbed 65-year-old Duong Thi Bi 16 times in March this year, and injured his girlfriend's sister Ta Thi Mau and nephew Ta Minh Tan.

The police said the man held a grudge against Bi for driving him away whenever he went to her house asking to meet his girlfriend and her daughter Ta Thi Xam, 23.

Xam first met Lee in Dong Hae city in his native Korea in 2010 when she had separated from her South Korean husband.

They dated but later she left for Vietnam after finding out that Lee was married with children.

But he came to Vietnam and managed to persuade her to resume their relationship, and they later flew back to South Korea.

After living together for some time, Xam left again for Vietnam because of his violent behavior.

Lee again followed her, but this time both Xam and her family repeatedly rejected him.

On the day of the murder he took a bottle of gasoline and a knife to Bi's house.

Tan and Mau were injured when they tried to stop him.

Neighbors informed police who came and arrested him, but Bi succumbed on the way to the hospital.

According to the police, Lee has served time in South Korea for murder. Besides a Korean wife, he also had a Vietnamese wife from the delta province of Hau Giang, they said.

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