KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here today freed seven people alleged to have been involved in the shooting of a real estate agent with a Datin title at Taman Overseas Union Garden (OUG) last year.
Justice Azman Abdullah freed M Pal Ganapathy and S Vijendran, who were accused of murdering Wong Siew Ling on July 6, 2016, on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to establish the charges against them under Section 302 of the Penal Code.
“The intention for murder was not established.
“CCTV recordings could not show the registration number of the motorcycle said to be driven by the duo, and the motorist and passenger were wearing helmets,” he said in a brief written judgment, acquitting the two men without calling their defence.
Azman added that Wong’s husband had failed to come to court and give evidence, which led to a break in the chain of circumstantial evidence.
“He did not come to explain the alleged roles the seven people played in causing the deceased’s death,” he said.
The court also acquitted five others – businessman Chin Kok Leong; driver Chen Yuen Meng; K Sri Kanapathy and K Sattiyarad, who are both unemployed; and restaurant owner Liew Lai Chen, who were charged with abetting Pal Ganapathy and Vijendran in killing Wong under Section 109.
Justice Azman ruled that the prosecution witnesses could not say Chin had hired anyone like Pal Ganapathy and Vijendran to murder Wong.
“Wong’s sister and friend have testified that Wong had issues with Chin over their ceramic business partnership and purchase of a company in the US.”
Wong was reportedly gunned down in Taman OUG on the eve of Hari Raya, while she was driving her children and maid.
Five shots were targeted at her Toyota Vellfire, killing Wong on the spot.
Her eight-year-old daughter was hit by a bullet while four other children and the maid were unhurt.
Police said the murder was due to a RM13 million ceramic business deal between Wong and a main suspect.