IPOH: A vegetable wholesaler was charged with killing a family of five who died in a fire at their house here on May 31 last year.
Daniel Loke, 39, was brought before magistrate Mohamed Ruhizat Abdullah Friday, nine months after his detention under the Emergency Ordinance for suspected involvement in the May 31 fire.
He was charged with the murders of his ex-wife Chai Mooi Fong, 31, her husband Tan Wei Limm ,30, her father Chai Kar It, 65, grandfather Chai Kim, 91, and cousin Lim Kian Hwa, 28.
The offence was supposedly committed at their house in Lebuh Rapat Baru 13, Taman Song Choon, Kampung Rapat here at about 3.30am.
No plea was recorded from Loke, who wore a sweat suit with a hood to hide his face from photographers and cameramen.
At one point, the handcuffed Loke asked the court if he could be cuffed with his hands in front instead of behind, to which Deputy Public Prosecutor Ahmad Ishrakh Saad had no objection.
The magistrate then granted the prosecution’s request to transfer all five cases to the high court for mention at a later date.
Loke would face the death penalty if he is convicted under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
Lawyer Datuk Daniel Tay represented Loke, while Pokok Assam assemblyman and lawyer Yee Seu Kai held a watching brief for the kin of the deceased.
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