Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Bundaberg fruit picker’s death - murder or manslaughter?

A JURY is today (Thursday) expected to begin deliberations on whether Sanghyun Hwang is guilty of murder or manslaughter over a former Bundaberg fruit picker's death in Brisbane.

Mr Hwang has pleaded guilty in Brisbane Supreme Court to interfering with fellow South Korean Min Tae Kim's corpse but not guilty to his murder.

The court has heard the two met after Mr Kim posted an online ad looking for someone to exchange about $10,000 in Australian dollars for the equivalent in South Korean won.

Mr Hwang has admitted he took Mr Kim to a rental property in the southern Brisbane suburb of Algester to exchange money. Mr Hwang allegedly then took the money.

He has testified he put Mr Kim in a headlock but maintains he did not intend to kill him.

Mr Hwang told the court he stripped Mr Kim naked and tied a cord around his neck before burying him in a shallow grave.

In his closing address to the jury, Justice Martin Daubney said the jury could use that post-death conduct in deciding whether Mr Hwang was guilty.

But only if they could not conclude there was no other reason for his actions, such as panic or fear, he said. - ARM NEWSDESK