The man who claimed to have murdered and dismembered a motel guest before dumping it in the Han River, said Wednesday he was not sorry to the victim at all, as he appeared for police questioning on the day his face and identity were made public.
Jang Dae-ho, 38, who is suspected of murdering, dismembering and abandoning the victim’s body, said, “It is an incident in which a heinous criminal killed a scumbag, which means a bad guy killed a bad guy.”
“No matter how I think about it, the other person deserved to be killed. So I don’t regret it,” Jang told reporters as he was moving to the Goyang Police Station for the interrogation.
Asked whether he feels sorry for the victim’s bereaved family, he said he feels no remorse.
Jang’s personal information -- his name, age and gender -- was disclosed on Wednesday following a decision by a committee under the Gyeonggi Bukbu Provincial Police Agency the previous day.
The committee cited the brutality and gravity of the crime and sufficient evidence for Jang’s guilt.
Jang, who was an employee at a motel in Seoul, is suspected of having murdered a customer, 32, on Aug. 8. He then allegedly dismembered the body and carried it on a bike before dumping it into the river on Aug. 12.
He reportedly told police he had killed the guest out of anger after he was rude and refused to pay for his accommodation.
The crime came to light after a body without arms or legs was discovered from the river near the Magok Railway Bridge on Aug. 12. Some 5 kilometers from the bridge, the right arm of the victim was found on Aug. 16.
The suspect reportedly confessed to the crimes at the Jongno Police Station at around 1 a.m. on Aug.17.
He initially showed up at the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency to confess, according to the police statement.
However, an officer directed him to go to the Jongno Police Station instead, which could have let him walk free and triggered criticism over the police’s slipshod response.
The police have launched an internal inspection into Jang being turned away.