Teo Ghim Heng (in red) is accused of killing his pregnant wife Choong Pei Shan and their four year old daughter. (Photos: TODAY / Wee Teck Hian)
SINGAPORE: A man who strangled his pregnant wife before killing his four-year-old daughter in the same way appealed his double homicide conviction on Wednesday (October 13) a.
The five-person jury reserves its verdict and will publish it at a later date.
Teo Ghim Heng, 46, was sentenced to death in November 2020 for having killed Ms. Choong Pei Shan, who was im was six months pregnant and murdered her daughter in her Woodlands apartment.
He strangled his 39-year-old wife with a towel in January 2017 after she argued with her about finances and after allegedly insulting him and called him a “useless” father in front of her daughter.
Then he continued to choke her with his bare hands until she died before asking his daughter to sit on his lap. He choked her with the towel while she cried and told her to find Mummy.
In the days after the murders, Teo laid the two bodies on his bed and slept with them for a week. He tried repeatedly to kill himself in various ways, but failed each time. He eventually set fire to the corpses and tried to lie down next to them, but “kissed out” because of the heat.
The charred corpses were found on the first day of Chinese New Year 2017 when Teo’s brother-in-law knocked on the door and gave a biting bite Smell from the windows.
Teo’s attorney Eugene Thuraisingam opened by telling the court on Wednesday that there were three undisputed facts: First, all of the witnesses who came to court, including Ms. Choong’s family, stated that that Teo loved his wife and daughter dearly.
Second, he was previously a successful real estate agent who, due to a market decline, could no longer earn what he had earned at the time of the crime.
Third, he owed the bank and his friends about S $ 120,000, earned much less than before, and owed two months of his daughter’s preschool fees.
For the appeal, Mr. Thuraisingam and his lawyer left Jo hannes Hadi drop the partial defense of the serious and sudden provocation that they had pursued in the trial but were rejected by the trial judge.
Instead, they focused on the partial defense of reduced responsibility: they argued that the trial judge had not correctly established I said that Teo was not suffering from major depression at the time of the offenses and that Teo’s spiritual responsibility was not significantly impaired.
The appeal was heard by a five-member jury: Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon and Judges Judith Prakash, Steven Chong , Belinda Ang and Chao Hick Tin.
Chief Justice Menon referred to the trial judge’s findings – Judge Kannan Ramesh stated that Teo had not proven at the time of the offenses that he was suffering from major depression.
He went through all of the diagnostic criteria, compared them to evidence in the process, and found that e There was no evidence that Teo had any illness or that his spiritual responsibility was not significantly impaired.
Teo continued to work at work, gambled regularly in the months leading up to the murders, and suffered no loss of libido. He surfed the pornography and dined regularly after the murders, and the judge felt that Teo’s symptoms were self-reported.
“It is extremely convenient for an accused person to report symptoms,” said the Chief Justice to Mr Thuraisingam.
He said it was not enough to say that Teo had many problems, but it had to be shown whether these impair his ability to function.
The trial judge had found that Teo’s suicide attempts were “half-hearted “and that he had made no serious attempt to kill himself.
Teo had testified in court that he had already tried to jump out the window with his” whole body “, but said he had stopped when two kids came out of a car parked below.
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