Tussle over widow's assets: Ex-tour guide refuses to meet lawyers over new will

Tussle over widow's assets: Ex-tour guide refuses to meet lawyers over new will
Yang Yin, who has been in remand since last Oct 31, faces more than 300 charges, including two of criminal breach of trust for allegedly misappropriating $1.1 million from Madam Chung.

FORMER China tour guide Yang Yin, who is behind bars, has refused to meet the lawyers representing the niece of widow Chung Khin Chun.

Madam Hedy Mok's lawyers Peter Doraisamy and Andrew Lee had received permission from the Prisons Department to visit Yangand inform him about an application to get Madam Chung's new will recognised by the courts.

Mr Lee said proceedings on the application cannot go ahead without serving the court documents on Yang in person.

If Yang, 40, refuses to receive the papers, they can apply to the court to serve the papers on the prison. "This will be considered as serving the papers on Yang," Mr Lee said.

The new will leaves most of Madam Chung's assets to charity, and nothing to Yang.

This differs from a 2010 will in which the 88-year-old left all her assets - believed to be worth $40 million - to Yang. Madam Mok has accused him of taking advantage of her aunt.

The lawyers were informed on Sunday that Yang refused to meet them, said Mr Lee yesterday before a closed-door hearing over the new will.

Lawyer Joseph Liow has told The Straits Times he will be representing Yang in the new will application. He met Yang yesterday after the pre-trial conference.

Madam Mok, a 61-year-old tour agency operator, has filed her aunt's new will so that the court can execute it on Madam Chung's behalf.

She is acting as her aunt's deputy because Madam Chung, who has no children, was diagnosed with dementia last year.

Yang, who has been in remand since Oct 31 last year, faces more than 300 charges, including two of criminal breach of trust for allegedly misappropriating $1.1 million from Madam Chung.

On Tuesday, his lawyer Wee Pan Lee, who is representing him in the criminal case, said the prosecution has not indicated which charges they will be proceeding with.

kcarolyn@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Feb 05, 2015.
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