$5k fine for stealing from hubby's 'mistress'

$5k fine for stealing from hubby's 'mistress'
Ms Lee Lian Huay who was accused of stealing from her husband's mistress, was fined $5000 on 3 June 2014. She took eight items worth nearly $4,700 from Madam Koh Li Ching during a scuffle in hospital on 2 September 2013.

SINGAPORE - A businesswoman has been fined $5,000 for stealing valuables from a woman who she believes is her husband's mistress during a scuffle next to his hospital bed.

Lee Lian Huay, 44, bumped into employment agency owner Koh Li Ching when both went to visit Lee's husband, Mr Ong Wee Chuan, 48, at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital where he was recovering after an operation.

A tussle ensued, which saw Lee spilling some dim sum that her alleged love rival had brought for Mr Ong.

He tried to separate the women by throwing his drip stand at his wife. The incident took place on Sept 2 last year.

In a two-day trial last month, Lee was convicted of theft for taking eight items worth nearly $4,700 from Madam Koh during the fracas. They included an iPhone and a designer wallet plus $2,500 in cash.

Lee denied the accusations and told the court that Madam Koh, 48, a divorcee with three grown-up children, had "set her up" so that she could be with Mr Ong, who is the founder of investment firm Golden Hung Ho Holdings.

Lee's lawyer, Mr Chia Boon Teck said his client was "shocked" at her conviction and is appealing against the decision.

Madam Koh denied having an "adulterous relationship" with Mr Ong, although court evidence suggested otherwise.

Mr Ong had initially told the police that his wife of 21 years had taken the items from Madam Koh's handbag and refused to return them. But he retracted his statement during the trial.

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