Korean man kills Vietnamese wife before himself

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The portrait and cremated body of Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc from the Mekong Delta's Can Tho are brought home after she was killed in 2010 by her Korean husband, who received 12 years in jail for the crime

A man in South Korea killed his Vietnamese wife before committing suicide with poison, leaving their 5-month-old baby alone, Korean police said January 15.

Police in Kangwon Province to the northeast of Seoul said the husband's mother discovered his body in their warehouse and called the police on Tuesday morning. Police then found the wife's body in the couple's room, Vietnam News Agency reported.

Forensic tests found the husband, who was 36 years old, had strangled his 21-year-old wife to death during a quarrel.

The woman was identified as Ngo Thi Nga from Vietnam's northern city of Hai Phong. She traveled to Korea in November 2012 and stepped into the sour marriage with regular conflicts.

The Vietnamese embassy in Korea is working with local authorities to investigate the murder and bring the girl's family over as soon as possible.

Statistics from the Korean Institute of Social and Health Affairs showed that 7,636 Vietnamese women married Korean men in 2011, topping the list of foreign brides.

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Many of the women were driven by poverty to enter agreements with marriage brokers and thus the couples usually knew little about each other. They were usually married to older or poor men who could not find a native wife.

The dream of a better life was thus usually shattered by conflicts from cultural differences, leading to many murders and suicides over the last few years.

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