Friday March 15, 2013
Sister says her slain brother was lying in a pool of blood
By ANDY CHUA
SIBU: A sister of the timber and shipping businessman, who was murdered along with three members of his family last year, told the High Court of the gory sight she saw when she peeped through the glass sliding door of the house.
Ling Yii Choo, 42, the third sister of victim Ling Tong Hock, testified in court yesterday that on the morning of Jan 3, 2012, she received a call on her mobile phone from Li Xiao Lan, the second wife of Tong Hock.
She was testifying in the trial of a 17-year-old youth, who is charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murdering four persons, the 36-year-old Tong Hock, his mother Leong Nyuk Lai, 76, his son David Ling Chei Qi, 10, and daughter Amy Ling Zi Jiun, 17.
Another son, Kelvin Ling Chei You, was critically injured in the attack but has since recovered.
“She told me that she was very scared and that she heard children’s voices from the house. I told her not to be afraid. I also asked her to look for my mother and the children,” she added.
Yii Choo said she was with the headmaster of SJK Kwong Hua when Li called her. After that, Yii Choo tried to call Tong Hock’s mobile phone but failed.
“Then I called Xiao Lan. She told me she was still afraid. I asked her where Tong Hock was, and she told me he was on the ground floor of the house.
“She also told me that there were many people outside the gate of the house. I hung up the phone and quickly drove to her house at Jalan RTM13B1,” she said.
When she arrived by the house, she had to walk to the next house, then climbed over the dividing wall to enter her brother’s house.
However, the glass sliding door was locked, so she could only peeped through it, which was the time she saw her brother lying in a pool of blood next to the kitchen door. She, however, did not see her mother’s body.
Shortly after that, her eldest brother also arrived.
To a question from deputy public prosecutor Musli Abdul Hamid, she said a police officer, ASP Yeoh Chun Shyan, arrived and used a hard object to make a hole on the glass door.
When the door was finally opened, she followed ASP Yeoh into the living room.
“I did not go further into the house but left as I could not stand the sight of blood,” she said.
She recalled an ambulance reached the scene and saw paramedics going into the house and later coming out carrying a boy (Chei You).
At that moment, she said she was unsure where her mother was.
She remembered at about 9pm on Jan 2, 2012 before the murder took place, she did go to see the family. The whole family was there, including her mother.
Yii Choo also described the relationship between Tong Hock and Xiao Lan as “very loving”.
Earlier, Xiao Lan, 29, a Chinese national told the court that she and Tong Hock were married on Dec 16, 2010.
After the marriage, she also stayed with Tong Hock’s three children (Chei Qi, Zi Jiun and Chei You) together with Nyuk Lai.
She gave birth to a son, Stanley Ling, several months after the murder.
“Tong Hock and I occupied a room on the upper floor while my three step-children and mother-in-law occupied the master bedroom, also on the upper floor.”
She said they normally slept at 10pm. Her mother-in-law was normally the first to wake up at 5am during schooling days to prepare breakfast for the children. She and Tong Hock would wake up at 5.45am.
Xiao Lan, however, could not testify further as she experienced severe stomachache.
Hearing continues today.