Appeals court frees woman sentenced to death for husband’s murder

Ling Hang Tsyr, seen here at the Court of Appeal in Kuching in August, has been acquitted of a charge of abbeting in her husband’s murder. (Bernama pic)

KUCHING: The Court of Appeal today acquitted a woman who was accused of abetting in the murder of her husband seven years ago.

Ling Hang Tsyr, a former HSBC branch manager, was sentenced to death by the High Court in 2017 over the murder of her husband Wong Jing Kui.

But judge Zabariah Mohd Yusof today set aside the death sentence in a unanimous decision with two other judges Suraya Othman and Kamaludin Md Said.

Zabariah said the the prosecution had failed to come up with direct evidences, and that there were gaps on the circumstantial evidence.

“The circumstantial evidence was insufficient to form a noose strong enough to hang the appellant,” she said after reading out the judgement for almost two hours.

Ling, 36, and her missing lover Tiong King Guan were accused of abetting Ling Hoe Ing in Wong’s murder at his Jalan Ulu Sg Merah home on June 14, 2012.

Ling’s lawyer Roger Chin said there was no evidence of Ling conspiring with Tiong to murder Wong.

“Ling and Wong were going through a divorce, so why would she kill her husband?

“She inherited nothing and she didn’t even know the murderer, so there’s no link and motive.”

He said as Ling had been in prison for the last seven years, justice had been served.

But Chin said it might not be the end of the road for his client, as the prosecution could appeal to the Federal Court.

Meanwhile, Ling’s father said he was happy his 10-year-old grandson can finally reunite with his mother.

“Last night, my grandson asked me when mummy is coming back home. I’m very happy,” he said.