Investigators at the scence of the incident (Source: AP)

Hanoi (VNA) –
The Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea will coordinate with the RoK side to increase the management of transnational marriages and strictly punish violations of relevant regulations, Deputy Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Pham Thu Hang said.

The diplomat made the statement at a regular press briefing in Hanoi on December 10 in response to the case in which a Vietnamese woman and her daughter in Guro district were killed.

She said the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK sent diplomatic notes to the RoK Foreign Ministry and police in Guro district to verify the case immediately after learning about it.

The Embassy is currently working closely with the RoK side and the victims’ family to handle the incident and help the deceased’ relatives with funeral services, she noted.

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry has instructed the Embassy to ask the RoK to employ measures to prevent similar incidents, Hang said.

On December 7, local police discovered the dead bodies of a Korean man, his Vietnamese ex-wife and their six-year-old daughter in Sindonim, Guro district, southwest of Seoul.

Based on evidence at the site, police said the man named Cho, 51, had hung himself and his 31-year-old ex-wife was strangled to death while their little daughter died of suffocation by a pillow in a nearby car.

Police also found an alleged suicide note from Cho inside the car in which he accused his ex-wife of having duped him into a fake marriage. Due to the deception and issues regarding child custody after their divorce in 2013, he had killed her and their daughter, the note said.

The couple married in April, 2008 but got divorced after five and a half years. The woman had obtained Korean citizenship during that time.

After the divorce, she married a Vietnamese man and the couple lived together with the child in Jinju city, Gyeongnam province, 320 kilometres southeast of Seoul.

According to local newspapers, she had refused child support payments from Cho in order to get custody of their child.

The case is under further investigation.-VNA