IT has been a long legal process for Ling Hang Tsyr from her arrest in connection with the murder of her husband, bank manager Wong Jing Kui, in Sibu in 2012 to her acquittal by the Court of Appeal.
June 14,2012: Wong, the Sibu branch manager of HSBC Bank, is found knifed to death at about 1.30am in the bedroom of his house at Jalan Ulu Sungai Merah. Subsequently Ling, her male friend Tiong King Guan and Ling Hoe Ing are arrested.
Aug 22,2012: Hoe Ing is charged with murder in the Sibu Sessions Court while Hang Tsyr and Tiong are charged with abetting him.
Sept 17,2013: The three accused stand trial in the Sibu High Court after the case is transferred.
Oct 1,2013: Hoe Ing is sentenced to 16 years’ jail after pleading guilty to an alternative charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Feb 26,2014: Tiong and Hang Tsyr get a discharge not amounting to an acquittal after the Sibu High Court finds that the charge of abetment is defective following Hoe Ing’s guilty plea to culpable homicide.
Oct 23,2014: Tiong and Hang Tsyr are ordered by the High Court to stand trial for manslaughter.
Feb 10,2015: Court of Appeal enhances the manslaughter charge to abetment in murder. Tiong is absent from the hearing and an arrest warrant is issued against him.
Oct 27,2017: Sibu High Court finds Hang Tsyr guilty of abetment in the murder and sentences her to death.
Aug 13,2018: First hearing of Hang Tsyr’s appeal against her conviction and sentence in the Court of Appeal.
Oct 8,2019: Court of Appeal acquits Hang Tsyr.