South Korean police have laid murder charges against a man who stabbed his Vietnamese wife to death in a rural town early Tuesday, according to a news report in Korea's JoongAng Daily.
Lim Chae Won, 37, repeatedly stabbed his wife, 23-year old Hoang Thi Nam, with a knife at about 1a.m. on Tuesday. The brutal murder occurred at their house in Cheongdo County of North Gyeongsang, a province in eastern South Korea.
Lim reportedly left his home and shouted, "I have killed someone!"
Upon hearing his cries, neighbors called the police, who said they found Lim wandering near his one-room apartment with the knife in his hand. After entering the apartment, the police found Nam's body lying in a pool of blood with her infant son crying beside her.
The baby is now being taken care of at a local nursery while the body of the mother is being kept at a hospital in Cheongdo.
Lim testified that he argued with his wife often since their marriage in April 2010 and they had fought before he killed her.
The Vietnamese embassy in South Korea says Nam, hailing from the Vietnamese central province of Binh Thuan, gave birth to a baby 19 days prior to the murder.
Nam arrived in South Korea last August, four months after her wedding, but the embassy did not confirm how she was introduced to the South Korean man.
Park Hae Yun, director of the South Asia and Pacific Division under the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told the Vietnamese embassy the South Korean government had pledged to investigate the case as soon as possible.
Last July, Jang Do Hyo, a mentally ill South Korean man, killed his 20-year-old Vietnamese wife, Thach Thi Hoang Ngoc, just eight days after she arrived in the country. He was later sentenced to 12 years in jail.
Following the case, South Korea pledged to make Korean men looking to marry foreign women undergo a cultural education program and announced tougher rules for matchmakers arranging foreign marriages.
More than a third of South Korean fishermen and farmers who married in 2009 chose immigrant brides, some because they were unable to find local women prepared to lead a rural lifestyle, according to an AFP report.