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Korean man's murder trial comes to close

AAP logoAAP 26/07/2016 By Sarah Motherwell

Korean national Sanghyun Hwang is either a really good actor or not guilty of murder, a Brisbane trial has heard.

Hwang, 31, has denied intending to kill 28-year-old Min Tae Kim when he wrapped his arms around his neck during a botched robbery in December 2013.

Mr Kim's naked body was discovered with a cord around his neck in a shallow grave at the back of an Algester property.

In his closing submission, defence lawyer Greg McGuire told the Supreme Court jury they could only find Hwang guilty if they thought his explanation that he panicked and accidentally killed Mr Kim was "all an act".

Mr McGuire questioned why Hwang made so many errors that led to his arrest if he planned to murder Mr Kim, such as leaving evidence at the crime scene and not fleeing the country.

But prosecutor Todd Fuller told the court Hwang's actions of wrapping a cord around Mr Kim's neck to make it look like he had taken his own life then cutting off the victim's clothes showed him to be "calculating, in control and manipulative".

"All he was doing was thinking of himself," Mr Fuller said.

The trial had heard Hwang lured Mr Kim to a house by saying they would meet a friend who would make an internet bank transfer for $10,000 on his behalf.

But Mr Kim became angry and pushed Hwang when he realised he was "playing him".

"I thought he was going to hit me so I went behind and grabbed him," Hwang said through an interpreter.

The court heard the pair fell hard on the kitchen floor but Hwang only unwrapped his arms from Mr Kim's neck when he realised he was unconscious.

Justice Martin Daubney will deliver his directions to the jury on Tuesday afternoon.

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