BRISBANE, Australia – Police in Brisbane, Australia have confirmed that a body found in a shallow grave on Friday is that of Min Tae Kim, a Korean national reported missing on Monday by his flatmates after going to exchange money.
Sanghyun Hwang, a South Korean citizen, has been charged with killing Kim. Hwang sat quietly in the dock of the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday as he was read the charges. Dressed in brown prison clothing, Mr Hwang turned his face away to avoid reporters while looking down at his hands as a female interpreter stood by to relay proceedings to him.
Kim, a 28-year-old who had been working in Brisbane, was preparing to return home to Korea in January. According to Police he had placed an ad on a website looking for someone who would give him a good exchange rate for the money he earned. He left his home on Monday for the rendezvous and his housemates never saw him again.
Kim had moved into the Cannon Hill area of Brisbane with five other Korean nationals six weeks ago and had recently resigned from his job at a meat packing plant. Police believe that Kim was carrying $8,000 dollars at the time of his death.
The murder is the second in less than a month involving a South Korean national in Brisbane.