Suspect in Murder of Elderly Woman in Genting Arrested

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Sung Kyuk-seok, a South Korean man sought over the murder of an elderly woman in Genting Highlands was arrested in Bukit Tinggi yesterday.

  • 57-year-old South Korean man sole suspect
  • Chinese national, 92-year-old Korean woman beaten to death
  • Body, with hands tied, found bundled in a blanket in toilet
  • Money dispute believed to be motive of murder

The suspect in the gruesome murder of a 92-year-old woman from China at an apartment in Genting Highlands on Tuesday was arrested yesterday.

The 57-year-old South Korean man was picked up by police at about 2.45pm near the Tanjung flats in Bukit Tinggi, about 18km from the apartment where Xiang Lian Jin was murdered.

The police team also seized a Perodua MyVi which was believed to have been stolen from the victim’s family on the day of the incident, and Xian’s missing cellphone.

District police chief Superintendent Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor said the suspect was taken to the district police headquarters, adding that police would seek a remand order against him today.

The police are investigating the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

Xiang’s body was found bundled in a blanket, with her hands tied, in the bathroom of the apartment. She was believed to be beaten to death.

The assailant also attacked Xiang’s 46-year-old daughter and Malaysian maid. Both women suffered bruises and cuts from the assault.

Xiang’s granddaughter, however, was unharmed.

After the suspect fled the scene, he went into hiding and the police launched a manhunt for him.

According to Supt Mansor, the suspect entered Xiang’s room at around 3.30pm on Monday.

“The suspect held a knife and asked the victim and the maid to sit quietly and tied their legs using cloth and rope.

“He then punched the victim’s face before dragging her to the toilet and hitting the victim again,” Mansor said.

The suspect also set upon Xiang’s daughter when she unsuspectingly walked into the room several hours later.

He left at around 7am on Tuesday.

Preliminary investigations showed that there was a financial dispute between the suspect and Xiang’s family.

Police believe revenge could be the motive behind the attack after the suspect claimed he was upset with the victim’s son for always badmouthing him.

A Chinese national, Xiang was born in South Korea. She renting the apartment with her family.