SIBU: The High Court here had vacated the bank manager murder trial to Sept 30.
As the decision was made in chamber yesterday, the reason to vacate the hearing was not made known to the press. It was unclear whether the other four blocks of the trial of Sept 30 to Oct 4 (tentative dates), Oct 7 to 18, Oct 28 to Nov 1 and Nov 11 to 15 (tentative dates) were still effective.
The first block was earlier on fixed for Sept 17 to 27.
Among those in the chamber were High Court judge Supang Lian, the defence counsels of the accused and the two deputy public prosecutors Musli Abdul Hamid and Mohd Azrul Faidz.
The hearing which was tentatively fixed to start at 10am yesterday, saw those present including reporters and family members of the accused, having a long wait for the trial to proceed.
It was only at 12.15pm that the decision of vacating the hearing was relayed to everybody.
On trial are the first accused Tiong King Guan, 26, a car salesman, the victim’s wife, Ling Hang Tsyr, 31, and Ling Hoe Ing, 24.
Tiong is represented by Orlando Chua, while Hang Tsyr has three counsels in Anthony Tai, Roger Chin and Sempurai Petrus. Hoe Ing is represented by David Kuok.
On Aug 22 last year at the Sessions Court, the three accused were tentatively charged with the murder of Wong King Kui, 31, who was then the branch manager of an international bank here.
Ling and Tiong were tentatively charged with abetment under Section 109 of the Penal Code read together with Section 302 of the same code.
Their charge was for abetting and engaging Hoe with the common intention to kill Wong.
Hoe Ing, who had admitted to the police she had intruded into the house and killed the deceased, had been charged under Section 302 of the same code for murder.
If convicted, the three accused could face the mandatory death sentence by hanging.
Three other suspects in the case, Wong Miew Woon, 27, two brothers, Sia Ung Hee, 43, and Sia Ling Hee, 38, had been released uncon- ditionally on bond under Section 118 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
They will act as the prosecution witness in the trial.
In the gruesome murder at about 1.30am on June 14 last year, Wong was knifed to death in the bedroom of his house at Lane 33A Jalan Ulu Sungai Merah.
The defence counsels of Tiong and Ling on Tuesday asked the court to discharge them not amounting to acquittal, arguing that the charge against them was defective and bad in law and that the trial ought not to proceed due to the infirmities of the charge.