Korean man arrested for beating teenage girl

Posted at 02/05/2013 6:25 PM | Updated as of 02/05/2013 6:25 PM

MANILA -- A Korean national was arrested Tuesday for allegedly beating a teenage girl in Malate, Manila.

The suspect, identified as 43-year-old Sang Gun Kim, is now under the custody of the Manila Police District Women and Children's Desk.

The victim, 19-year-old "Mara" (not her real name), said she was beaten up after having heated arguments with the suspect.

However, Kim denied that he physically hurt Mara, who he claimed to be his girlfriend, but admitted they got into a heated discussion.

He said they argued after he found out that Mara was seeing another man.

The suspect added that it angered him since he was the one who provided Mara a cellphone, and he also pays for Mara's condominium unit rent.

Police said if Mara's medical results show that she was indeed beaten up, Kim will face charges for violating the Anti-Violence Against Women Law.

Another Korean national, Kim Byunghuk, was charged Monday for attempted murder of two women in separate instances in Manila and Pasay.

The suspect was also alleged to be the one behind the "chop-chop" killing of a certain Camille April Manaclay, whose dismembered body parts were found in Calamba, Laguna last April 1, 2011. -- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, dzMM