Angered by music from high-rise building painter's cellphone, South Korean man cuts safety rope

SEOUL (The Korea Herald/Asia News Network) - South Korean police plan to seek an arrest warrant for a man who allegedly cut the safety rope being used to anchor a painter to a high-rise building, resulting in the worker falling to his death, police said on Tuesday (June 13).

The incident occurred last Thursday (June 8) at around 8am at a 15-storey apartment building in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province, while workers, hanging on harnesses, were painting the building.

Yangsan Police nabbed the suspect, a 41-year-old resident, on Monday (June 12).

According to their initial investigation, the man complained of loud music from one of the painters' cellphones, went to the rooftop and cut the 1.8-centimetre wide rope by which the 40-year-old victim was hanging.

The police said they found a kitchen knife at the suspect's home, which was allegedly used to cut the rope.