Son held by police under suspicion of involvement in his step mother’s murder

Police in Chiang Mai on Saturday detained a South Korean on a charge of conspiring with the other people to kill his stepmother said by police to be a billionaire in South Korea.

Pol Col Sitthisak Siridet-anan, superintendent of Mae Ping district police, said that police had sufficient evidence to substantiate the charge against the 54-year old Mr Ben Lee for involvement in the murder of 76-year old Mrs Al Jung-ja at a luxury house in Mountain View housing estate in Tambon San Phisua, Muang district of Chiang Mai on Thursday.

Earlier, police arrested Ben Lee’s wife, Ms Park Song-hee, who was accused of knifing to death Mrs Al Jung-ja in her bedroom at the house.  Ms Park is currently being treated at the district hospital for some injuries.

Pol Sitthisak said that about nine months ago, the couple brought Mrs Al Jung-ja from South Korea to Chiang Mai for rehabilitation.  He added that the aging woman and her daughter-in-law did not get along well and often had quarrels with each other because the former was very disciplined as evident from the various house rules which she pasted up at different spots in the house.

The colonel went on saying that Ben Lee was the first person who informed a guard at the housing estate about his step mother’s death.  Ben Lee also notified the South Korean consular’s office in Chiang Mai about the incident, he said.

Ben Lee told the police during the interrogation that he saw the fight between the two women and tried to intervene, but it was too late to prevent the killing.  But police suspected that the wounds on Lee’s wife’s body were self-inflicted.