Monk charged with attempted murder after nail gun attack

A MONK has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a man in the head with a nail gun at a Buddhist monastery in Sydney.

Karuna Kim, 30, allegedly shot the Vat Ketanak Khmer Kampuchea temple's president Tha Lam, 59, in the skull before turning the nail gun on himself almost six months ago.

Kim was a monk who lived at the temple.

Neither of the shots proved fatal but both men were taken to hospital in a critical condition after other residents found them.

One of the Cambodian-born men still had a nail stuck in his head when they were found, while the other had a serious wound to his head.

Kim is still in hospital after suffering damage to his brain.

He has been given bail before appearing in court on May 6, due to his medical treatment.

His alleged victim, Mr Lam, is undergoing rehabilitation.

Anyone feeling emotional distress can get help by phoning Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visiting



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