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Murder charge for man involved in rooftop stand-off

A man on top of a balcony in Chatswood after a woman??????s body found belowPic Nick Moir 9 oct 2017 Flowers left at the scene of the crime in memory of Hee Kyung Choi in an alley off Brown Street, Chatswood. Hee Kyung Choi fell to her death after an argument with her boyfriend June Oh Seo, yesterday morning. Photographed Tuesday 10th October 2017. Photograph by James Brickwood. SMH NEWS 171010

A man who engaged in a 12-hour rooftop stand-off with police has formally been charged with the murder of his girlfriend.

June Oh Seo, 37, was arrested this month after spending more than 12 hours perched on the balcony roof of a high-rise apartment building in Chatswood, following the discovery of the body of his girlfriend Hee Kyung Choi in the laneway below.

Last week, Mr Seo was charged with a domestic violence-related assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

However, that charge was upgraded to include murder on Friday, when his matter was heard at Hornsby Local Court.

He did not apply for bail and bail was formally refused.

During a brief mention of the case against Mr Seo in the same court last week, magistrate Daniel Reiss said that there “may or may not be further charges … I gather”.

Ms Choi’s body was found about 6.30am on Monday, October 9. Her injuries were consistent with her having fallen from a height.

Within half an hour, Mr Seo was seen perched on a perspex roof above a balcony on the 27th floor of the building on Brown Street, launching an extensive police operation.

For more than 12 hours, police and a Korean interpreter negotiated with Mr Seo, before successfully removing him from the rooftop shortly after 7pm.

From 2014 until the start of this year, Ms Choi was an employee of ANZ bank, most recently working as a business bank manager, and before that as a home and investment lending manager.

In the days following her death, flowers were left in tribute to Ms Choi, including a handwritten note with the message: “I don’t think I looked after you as much as I could have.”

On Friday Mr Reiss adjourned the matter to December 19 at Central Local Court, where Mr Seo will appear via audio-visual link, with the assistance of a Korean interpreter.

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