Like something out of a crime show you’d see on television, the case of the yoga ball murderer has come to a close.
Following a 21-day trial, the Hong Kong High Court convicted a Malaysian professor for killing his wife and daughter using a gas-filled yoga ball.
It was reported that the jury made up of five men and four women found Khaw Kim Sun, 53, guilty of murdering his wife, Wong Siew Fing, 47, and daughter Lily Khaw Li Ling, 16, three years ago using carbon monoxide.
Prosecutor Andrew Bruce portrayed the incident as a “calculated and deliberate” murder plot executed by Khaw.
The purported motivation for the crime was an affair he was allegedly having with his student Shara Lee, and that his relationship with his wife was failing. She’d found out about the affair and did not agree to a divorce when he asked for one.
The prosecutor claimed that Khaw, a specialist in anaesthesiology and an associate professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, put a leaking inflatable ball containing carbon monoxide in the boot of a yellow Mini Cooper driven by his wife on 22 May 2015.
Wong and Lily were later found unresponsive in the car parked at the Sai O Village bus stop, a four-minute drive from their home at Tai Tung Village in Ma On Shan.
They had suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning and died after being rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin, where Khaw worked as a doctor.
To perfect the killings, Bruce said, the doctor went out of his way to set up an experiment as a cover to obtain the gas – a suggestion fiercely contested by Khaw’s lawyers during the highly technical trial that featured a long list of doctors and professors as both prosecution and defence witnesses.
But prosecutors could present no more than a circumstantial case, as no one witnessed who placed the yoga ball in the car and when.
During the trial, Khaw never disputed taking the dangerous gas home in a yoga ball but claimed he planned only to use it on rats that were infesting his home.
The professor suggested to police after his arrest that it was perhaps Lily who had used the gas-filled ball to commit suicide, taking her mother’s life as well even though her friends described her in court as a teenage girl “full of life”.
Khaw’s lawyer, Gerard McCoy, offered an alternative version of events during his closing speech, saying Lily, who feared bugs, may have used the gas as a pesticide without appreciating its deadly nature.
We would have thought popping to the supermarket for a can of Ridsect would have been easier thing to do.
During the trial, Khaw’s friends described him as a clever man and skilled anaesthesiologist with an “avant-garde” mind who had successfully contributed to the field of gynaecology.
But he was also a demanding father who failed to understand his children, according to his eldest daughter.
Source: South China Morning Post
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