Murder-arson case postponed as deaf-mute accused requires sign language interpreter

KUALA LANGAT: A deaf-mute man has been charged over the case in which an elderly couple and their two grandsons were allegedly slashed to death and set on fire at their home in Tanjong Sepat.

The magistrate's court here, however, postponed the case pending appointment of a sign language interpreter after Kang Chang Heng, 38, failed to respond when the first charge was read out to him on Tuesday.

The first charge was in relation to the murder of 73-year-old Chia Tee Nang.

Chia, his wife Lim Mai Shak, 68, and their grandsons Ryan Chia Zeng Xi, 10, and Chia Yuan Bin, three, were killed in the incident on Dec 13.

Another grandson, aged 12, survived the attack and is being treated in a hospital.

Kang, who was wearing a dark grey T-shirt with khaki trousers, was not represented in court.

Magistrate Mohd Isa Md Nor fixed Jan 25 next year for remention of the case pending the court's appointment of a suitable sign language interpreter for Kang.

DPP Ain Fadilla Md Ali prosecuted.

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