Man faces murder charge 24 years on

Man faces murder charge 24 years on

PETALING JAYA - Twenty-four years after the daughter of former Sarawak CID chief Peter Chye was killed in Sydney, her 42-year-old brother-in-law has been charged with the murder.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Gerard Philip Caleo, who was arrested at Sydney airport after he flew in from Kuala Lumpur on Aug 15, was charged on Tuesday with killing businesswoman Rita Caleo in 1990.

Her death came just 10 months after her brother, millionaire Dr Michael Chye, was shot dead in his Mercedes-Benz parked in his garage at home.

Rita, who was 39 at the time, was reportedly stabbed to death at her home while her baby daughter and four-year-old son were sleeping in the next room.

Although both murders were investigated extensively and received a lot of attention from both Australian and Malaysian media, nobody has been charged until now.

According to the report, the man was on Tuesday brought to the Central Local Court in Sydney, where he was remanded.

He will appear in court tomorrow.

The report stated that the accused was charged with "solicitation to commit murder and being an accessory before and after the fact".

According to Australia's The Daily Telegraph, the man had been living in Thailand and managing a restaurant in Phuket.

The man was a teenager at the time of the murder, the report added.

An inquest into Rita's death, held in 1991, heard that she had given her lawyer an envelope three months before her death.

The sealed envelope read: "To be opened only if my death is unnatural."

It contained the names of two people she suspected to be responsible for the murder of her brother and that if she were to die "an unnatural death", the same people would be responsible.

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