KUALA LUMPUR: Seven people, including a woman, were charged in a magistrate’s court here over the shooting of Datin Renyce Wong Siew Ling at Taman OUG in Old Klang Road.
No plea was recorded from M. Pal Ganapathy, 26, S. Vijendran, 29, K. Sri Kanapathy, 34, Chen Yuen Ming, 41, Chin Kok Leong, 43, K. Sattiyarao, 29, and the lone woman Liew Lai Chen, 46.
Only Ganapathy and Vijendran were charged with Wong’s murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
The offence was allegedly committed between 2pm and 2.30pm at Taman OUG in Old Klang Road here on July 6.
The rest were charged with abetting the murder under Section 109 of the same code.
All seven face the mandatory death sentence if convicted.
Only Sattiyarao was not present in court and was charged at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, where he is being warded for dengue.
Deputy public prosecutor Nor Diana Nor Azwa prosecuted while Kanapathy was represented by Nur Hayati Don Omar.
Chin was represented by Christopher Lai and Datuk Simon Sabapathy, who is also counsel for Sattiyarao.
M. Raja is acting for Liew. The rest are unrepresented.
Magistrate Siti Radziah Kamarudin did not offer bail and set mention for Oct 4.
Chin is alleged to be the businessman facing a RM13mil debt who hired Ganapathy and Vijendran to gun down Wong in a brazen attack.
Wong, 32, is said to have transferred RM5mil and RM8mil in two transactions to the businessman last year to be invested in a ceramics business but nothing came out of it.
She then hired a private investigator to track him down.
Wong, a mother-of-five, was killed while driving her children and maid to lunch at about 2.30pm that day – the first day of Hari Raya.
Her daughter, who was in the front passenger seat, was also hit when the gunmen fired five bullets at her Toyota Vellfire, one piercing the eight-year-old’s intestines in nine places.
The girl is still being warded at Universiti Malaya Medical Centre, where she underwent surgeries for her injury.