Extra! Korea

July 14, 2010

20-year-old Vietnamese killed by 47-year-old mentally-unstable husband after 8 days in Korea

Filed under: crime, rapid cultural change — extrakorea @ 6:55 am

A 47-year-old Korean man with a history of mental illness got himself a 20-year-old Vietnamese wife, brought her to Korea, and eight days later, murdered her (Joongang Daily, Korea Times).

The Busan Saha Police Station said the woman was found dead at her house, Wednesday, and that officers were questioning her husband identified as Jang, 47, for beating and stabbing her to death.

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According to investigators, Kim punched his 20-year-old wife in the face and then stabbed her in the stomach at 7:25 p.m. Thursday in Sinpyeong-dong, Saha District, after a quarrel.

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The couple was introduced on Feb. 7 through an interracial match-making company, and the woman decided to marry the man the next day, hoping for “the Korean Dream” despite the age difference.

She stayed in Vietnam to make arrangements for the marriage and arrived in Korea July 1. She did not know any Korean and her husband was her only contact here. However, she did not know of his history of mental problems. He was hospitalized for five days before returning to Vietnam to bring her to Korea and assaulted his parents five years ago after hearing voices.

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Kim told investigators that he suffers from mental illness and heard a ghost telling him to kill his wife while the two quarreled.

Police are investigating whether the matchmaking company that introduced Kim to the Vietnamese woman screened candidates for mental illness, as they found Kim received treatment in a mental hospital 57 times in the last eight years.

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The immigration office is expected to require Korean men to prove they informed their wives-to-be of any past record of domestic violence, mental disorders or human trafficking.

Good luck with that.

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2 Comments »

  1. That is so sad. I hope the victims family can find comfort somehow. I hope the Viets learn something from this.

    Comment by Aussie — July 14, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

  2. […] Extra! Korea mentions that police are investigating, but an editorial in The Chosun Ilbo also says that only […]

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