GEORGE TOWN: A former Malaysian citizen has been remanded for six days to assist the investigation into the murder of his wife.
The 62-year-old suspect, who is an American citizen, was brought before the magistrate's court here on Wednesday (March 20) and assistant registrar Muna Maria Azmi granted a six-day remand until March 25.
The victim, 60-year-old Chin Geok Heong, was born in Malaysia but later obtained US citizenship.
Chin was smothered to death following an argument with her husband at a house in Island Glades here, on Tuesday (March 19) morning.
The couple arrived in Penang on Jan 19 for a two-month stay with relatives to celebrate Chinese New Year and was supposed to return to the United States on Wednesday (March 20).
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Che Zaimani Che Awang said Chin's sister heard the couple quarrelling in their bedroom, followed by a loud scream at 2.30am at the family home at Lorong Delima 4, Island Glades.
"The sister then knocked on the door to check if Chin was okay, but the husband simply said that she was screaming because she was unwell," he said.
Chin was then taken to the Penang Hospital by her husband, but she died along the way.
ACP Che Zaimani said Chin's husband refused to allow a post-mortem to be carried out but her family members insisted on one.
"Pathologists declared that Chin died from suffocation due to a heart attack.
"Initial investigations reveal that the suspect may have covered the victim's face using his hands, causing her to suffocate and die.
"We found scratch marks on the suspect's hands. However, he said that he sustained the injuries from lifting weights and hitting a punching bag at the gym," he said, adding the husband did not admit to the crime.
The husband was arrested at the Penang Hospital morgue at 5.45pm on Tuesday.
The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Husband allegedly kills wife, the day before they were supposed to return to US