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S.Korea murder accused dies in custody in Hong Kong

AFP  |  Hong Kong 

A South Korean charged with murdering his wife and young son at Hong Kong's luxury died in custody today, police said.

was found unconscious at the maximum-security Lai detention centre Monday morning and later declared dead in hospital, police and said.

A note was found at the scene, according to a police statement, which described him only as a 43-year-old foreign man.

Police gave no details on how Kim died but reported he had committed suicide.

Police had rushed to the harbourfront hotel in January after receiving a report that a man and woman guest were fighting.

Kim's wife and six-year-old son were found dead at the scene, his wife with multiple cuts to her neck and his six-year-old son with a throat wound.

Kim was believed to have consumed alcohol and appeared unconscious in the hotel suite with minor wounds to his hand and face, police said at the time.

They retrieved a five-inch-long knife from the room and Kim was arrested. Kim, who stated on his page that he was in of the US-based retail chain, was charged with double murder.

A source told AFP at the time that a friend of the suspect had warned authorities in he was potentially suicidal shortly before the incident.

The Ritz-Carlton is on the top floors of Hong Kong's tallest skyscraper -- the -- and has panoramic views of the city and its

The had no immediate comment on Kim's death.

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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 14:35 IST