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Court issues arrest warrant for man for allegedly murdering 2 women

All News 17:13 August 31, 2021

SEOUL. Aug. 31 (Yonhap) -- A court issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a man who confessed earlier this week to killing two women, one before cutting off his ankle monitor and the other one after.

The Seoul Dongbu District Court issued the warrant, saying the man, a 56-year-old surnamed Kang, is a flight risk. Police sought a formal warrant against him late Monday afternoon on suspicion of murder and violation of the law on electronic surveillance devices.

Kang was arrested without a warrant Sunday when he turned himself in to Songpa Police Station in southeastern Seoul, saying he killed two women -- one before he cut off his monitoring ankle bracelet and ran away Friday, and the other while he was on the run.

His alleged murders occurred at around 9:30-10 p.m. Thursday and at 3 a.m. Sunday, police said.

According to the man's account, the police searched and found one victim's body at his house and the other in his car. The two women, in their 40s and 50s, respectively, are said to have known the man. Autopsy results showed they are presumed to have been strangled to death.

The suspected murderer Kang kicks a microphone held by a reporter when asked about the motive for his alleged crimes outside the Seoul Dongbu District Court in Seoul on Aug. 31, 2021. (Yonhap)

Appearing outside the police station and the courthouse before attending his arrest warrant hearing Tuesday morning, he repeatedly and angrily shouted at reporters who asked him about the details of the crimes and his motives.

"Reporters do false reporting! People should know the truth," he shouted at one point.

After arriving at the court, he kicked a microphone held by a reporter who asked, "Why did you kill the victims?" and used swear words and yelled, "Do your job properly," before being escorted to the inside of the courthouse.

His erratic behaviors and venting of anger continued after the hearing ended at around 11:20 a.m. Asked if he had any words for his victims, Kang swore and bawled, "I regret I couldn't kill more!"

The undated image from a closed circuit video, provided by Yonhap News TV on Aug. 30, 2021, shows the suspected murderer Kang walking down a street in Seoul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The man was set free in May, wearing the electronic ankle monitor, after serving 15 years in prison over his 2005 conviction for robbery and sexual assault, crimes he committed only five months after his release from prison for similar crimes, according to the police.

The police said he had 14 previous convictions, mostly for robbery and sexual crimes. He was under supervision by the probation office as he was considered at high risk for recidivism.

Following the incident, the Ministry of Justice said it will make the device harder to cut off, enhance cooperation with police by swiftly sharing information on criminals wearing such devices and introduce an improved system to gauge the risk of recidivism.

It also said it will strengthen penalties for convicts who violate the law on electronic surveillance, an offense punishable by up to seven years in prison or 20 million won (US$17,000) in fines, and add more personnel to monitor them.

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