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Convicted felon escapes from Gwangju psychiatric ward

A convicted murderer who reportedly suffers from schizophrenic disorder has escaped from the isolated psychiatric ward in Gwangju, police said Monday.

According to Gwangsan Police Station, the 48-year-old man surnamed Kim slipped through opened gates when guards were not looking at the mental institution in Gwangsan-gu, western Gwangju, Sunday. 


The man was sentenced to a three-year jail term after fatally hitting a patient for being “too loud.”

Kim is reported to not be wearing an ankle monitor. Police said they are checking surveillance footage in the area to track his whereabouts.

By Catherine Chung (