Backhoe driver found guilty of killing fortune teller

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  • Tuesday, 06 Aug 2013

In anger: Wong arriving at the court in Alor Setar.

ALOR SETAR: A 55-year-old backhoe operator was sentenced to be hanged for murdering his estranged wife in Taman Saga here, last year.

Judicial Commissioner Mohd Zaki Abdul Wahab also sentenced Wong Ban Chong to eight years’ jail for causing grievous hurt to his wife’s foster daughter at the same time and place.

The High Court found that Wong, in his defence, had failed to raise any reasonable doubt to the charges made against him.

Wong was charged with murdering fortune teller Ung Siew Lin, 47, and voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Chng Sheue Mei, 28.

The crime was committed at a house in Taman Saga, Jalan Alor Mengkudu, at 12.17am on Feb 17, 2012.

Both cases were jointly heard before Justice Mohd Zaki.

The judge said that the accused, in his defence which was given under oath, had told the court that he only went to the house to meet his wife.

He said that Wong had called Ung to come out and discuss their marital problems but Ung refused. He then proceeded to break into the house by forcing open the back window of the kitchen.

Wong told the court that he was only defending himself with a parang because Chng had kicked him to the ground and both she and Ung were beating him up.

Mohd Zaki said the court found that Wong had failed to prove that he was defending himself.

This was based on the testimonies given by his three daughters, who were all in their 20s and present at the scene.

He added that the daughters who were inside the house during the incident told the court that Wong had aggressively broken into the house via the kitchen window.

The witnesses also said that they were scared and had run to the porch to save themselves.

However, Wong continued to pursue them and then attacked their mother.

Based on the overall evidence of the case, there was no doubt that the injuries that caused Ung’s death had been caused by Wong, said Mohd Zaki.

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