Phnom Penh — A Cambodian court docket has charged a Chinese language couple with homicide after a well-liked South Korean influencer’s physique was dumped in a pit on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, a prosecutor mentioned on Wednesday. The Chinese language couple, who run a medical clinic, had been arrested final week after the physique of BJ Ahyeong was discovered, based on a Cambodian police report.
Lai Wenshao, 30, and Cai Huijuan, 39, testified to police that they deserted the lady’s physique after she had seizures and died whereas receiving therapy at their clinic on June 4, the report mentioned.
Prosecutor Plang Sophal informed AFP that Lai and Cai had been charged on Tuesday with “homicide accompanied by torture”.
They face life imprisonment if convicted of the cost.
BJ Ahyeong was an influencer for AfreecaTV, a South Korean video streaming service, with greater than 250,000 followers on Instagram.
In response to South Korean media, her actual identify was Byun Ah-yeong and he or she was 33 years outdated.
She posted on social media in March that she was giving up her influencer persona and was going to “dwell as a traditional particular person in the intervening time”.
On Tuesday, Lim Soo-suk, spokesman for South Korea’s overseas ministry, mentioned native authorities had been investigating the “unlucky incident”.
“The overseas ministry is offering crucial consular help to the bereaved household in a well timed method,” he mentioned.
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