Engineer charged with girlfriend's murder had critical wound

Engineer charged with girlfriend's murder had critical wound
Cheong Teik Keon who had three wounds of 5cm to 6cm on his chest, and minor injuries in his right hand.
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GEORGE TOWN - An engineer charged with murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day had a wound on his abdomen where his intestines could be seen, the High Court here heard.

Nursyazana Nazee Nudeen, 30, a medical officer at Bukit Mertajam Hospital, said Cheong Teik Keon had three other wounds of 5cm to 6cm on his chest, and minor injuries in his right hand.

"When the patient arrived at the hospital at 9.30am, I was the first medical officer to treat the patient.

"His face was pale but he was still conscious," she told the court yesterday.

She was testifying in the trial of Cheong, 33, who is charged with murdering clerk Tan Ching Chin, 24, at her family home in Taman Hwa Seng in Alma, Bukit Mertajam, at about 8.40am on Feb 14, 2013.

Cross-examined by Cheong's counsel Ramkarpal Singh, Nurzyazana agreed that the abdominal injury was critical and could be life-threatening if no immediate treatment was given.

She also agreed with the contention that the injuries on his body and hand were consistent with attempted suicide.

The court also heard the testimony of Mohammad Misbah Abdullah, 26, who said that he was the assistant medical officer who rushed to the scene in the ambulance when they received an emergency call about a knife attack case.

"When I arrived at the scene, I rushed to the second floor and saw a man and a woman on the bathroom floor. The woman was dead but I gave first aid to the man.

"In the man's palm was a 15cm kitchen knife. After giving first aid, the man was rushed to the hospital for further treatment," he said, and identified Cheong, who was dressed in a blue T-shirt in the dock, as the man.

The hearing before Judicial Commissioner Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues on June 26. DPP Nor Fazreen Othman prosecuted the case.

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