Yesterday morning at 8:40am (Tuesday, 15th August), the body of a 92-year-old South Korean woman was found tied up in a hotel bathroom in Genting Highlands.
Bentong police district chief Mohamad Mansor Mohd Nor identified the victim as Xiang Lian Jin. The police force believed that she was murdered by her fellow countryman. The South Korean male suspect, aged 57, is Sung Kyuk-seok (pictured below).
Sung Kyuk-seok was last seen entering the room at 3:30pm on Monday (14th August). At the time, only Xiang Lian Jin and her Malaysian helper were present. It is believed that the woman’s daughter and granddaughter had gone to the resort.
“While holding them at knifepoint, the suspect allegedly asked the victim and the helper to keep quiet before tying up their hands and legs using ropes and cloth. The suspect then hit the victim, saying that he was dissatisfied with the victim’s eldest son for always badmouthing him,” Mohamad Mansor was quoted as saying.
After allegedly punching the elderly lady and dragging her to the bathroom to tie her up, he waited for the senior citizen’s daughter to return before assaulting her as well. Shortly after he fled the scene at approximately 7am, the victim’s daughter and maid alerted the police.
Mohamad Mansor revealed that the suspect had a misunderstanding with the victim’s eldest son over money-lending activities. Police are currently tracking Sung Kyuk-seok down to facilitate the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.