Singaporean woman denies her husband and son are responsible for robber's death

Singaporean woman denies her husband and son are responsible for robber's death
ACCUSED: Mo Yi Hong (in singlet) and his son Mo Wei Qiang were arrested and charged with murder.

My family are not murderers but the real victims.

That was what Madam Guo Shu Lan, 52, told The New Paper after her husband and son were arrested and charged with murder, following the death of an alleged robber who broke into a single-storey house they were staying at in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan.

If found guilty, the accused could face the death penalty for the murder of Mr Chen Wen Bao on Feb 24.

But Madam Guo, who was slashed by Mr Chen and needed 25 stitches, said her Malaysian husband, Mo Yi Hong, 57, and their son, Mo Wei Qiang, 29, had beaten up the alleged robber in self-defence.

The Singaporean said in Mandarin: "We were being robbed, I was being attacked and they defended me.

"Now they are accused of murder. Where is the justice?"

Madam Guo, who works as a promoter here, said her husband, a Singapore permanent resident and part-time chef, had lived and worked here for almost 30 years.

Wei Qiang, a Singaporean who used to work as a sales consultant here, is in between jobs.

The couple, their son and 26-year-old daughter had returned to Yi Hong's hometown of Seremban on Feb 16 to celebrate Chinese New Year.

It was the family's annual ritual to visit friends and relatives, Madam Guo said.

At about 12.30am on Feb 24, Madam Guo and her husband returned to the house after buying supper.

Unknown to them, Mr Chen and an accomplice had earlier entered the house.

Madam Guo said that after alighting from the car, she made her way to the front door.

Just as she was about to enter the house, a masked figure came out and grabbed her sling bag.

"I held on and refused to give my bag to him while screaming for my husband to come to my aid," she said, adding that the intruder became alarmed and slashed her arm with a parang.

"It was dark and I didn't even realise that it was a parang. I thought he was hitting me with something hard.

"Eventually my husband caught up and threw a stone at the robber."

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Wei Qiang, who was awoken by his mother's cries, dashed out of his bedroom and went to his parents' aid, Madam Guo said.

Neighbours who heard her screams also ran to the house.

"My husband picked up a water pipe to fight the robber," Madam Guo added.

"My son grabbed him while my husband helped subdue him. Our neighbour suggested that we tie him up with a rope, so we did and left him outside the house.

"He was still conscious and able to talk, even though we couldn't really understand what he was saying."

The accomplice fled during the fracas.

The couple then drove to a nearby clinic to seek treatment for Madam Guo, whose injured arm was bleeding profusely.

Meanwhile, their children went back into the house to rest and wait for the police.

Just as they drove onto the main road, the couple spotted a group of passers-by.

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