Body of glamorous South Korean influencer BJ Ahyeong, 33, is found dumped in a pit weeks after she quit her social media career – as Chinese couple are charged with murder and torture
- Couple run a clinic and were arrested after her dumped body was discovered
- BJ Ahyeong was an influencer for AfreecaTV, a South Korean streaming service
- South Korean media says her real name was Byun Ah-yeong, aged 33
A Chinese couple have been charged with murder after a popular South Korean influencer’s body was dumped in a pit on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.
The couple, who run a medical clinic, were arrested last week after the body of BJ Ahyeong was found, according to a Cambodian police report.
Lai Wenshao, 30, and Cai Huijuan, 39, testified to police that they abandoned the woman’s body after she had seizures and died while receiving treatment at their clinic on June 4, the report said.
Prosecutor Plang Sophal told AFP that a court charged Lai and Cai on Tuesday with ‘murder accompanied by torture’. They face life imprisonment if convicted of the charge.
BJ Ahyeong was an influencer for AfreecaTV, a South Korean video streaming service, with more than 250,000 followers on Instagram.
BJ Ahyeong was an influencer for AfreecaTV, a South Korean video streaming service
The influencer, believed to be aged 33, had more than 250,000 followers on Instagram
Lai Wenshao and his girlfriend Cai Huijuan, above, have been charged with murder and torture
The South Korean’s body was discovered dumped in a pit on the outskirts of Phnom Penh
According to South Korean media, her real name was Byun Ah-yeong and she was 33 years old.
She posted on social media in March that she was giving up her influencer persona and was going to ‘live as a normal person for the time being’.
On Tuesday, Lim Soo-suk, spokesman for South Korea’s foreign ministry, said local authorities were investigating the ‘unfortunate incident’.
‘The foreign ministry is providing necessary consular assistance to the bereaved family in a timely manner,’ he added.