Police in Ho Chi Minh City have arrested a South Korean man for allegedly murdering his compatriot and hiding the victim’s dismembered body inside a suitcase.
Officers in District 7 confirmed on Saturday they had apprehended Jeong In Cheol, 35, who is director of Creata Vietnam Company, on suspicion of killing his friend – 33-year-old Han Tong Duk.
Preliminary information showed that local residents first discovered a suitcase containing human body parts at a three-story house in Him Lam Residential Area on Friday evening and reported the case to local police.
Aside from the suitcase that was found on the first floor of the house, police discovered many black plastic bags with body parts inside in the restroom on the third floor.
A saw and locking pliers with suspected blood stains were also found at the site.
Creata Vietnam Company previously leased the house to run its business operations but abruptly ended the lease contract in late November.
|Jeong In Cheol is held at the police station in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City in this photo provided by officers.|
The victim’s body was found when the owner of the house came to check the property.
Officers later identified Jeong as the prime suspect, who had left the venue in a black KIA automobile following the incident.
He was arrested while hiding at an apartment in District 2 on Saturday afternoon.
At the police station, Jeong claimed he had murdered Han at the house on November 25 due to money-related conflict.
Jeong then severed the victim’s body into multiple parts and hid them inside a suitcase and several plastic bags, before leaving the place.
Further investigation is ongoing.