Victim's family disappointed NSF killer escapes death sentence

Victim's family disappointed NSF killer escapes death sentence
(Above) Police at the scene where Ms Hoe Hong Lin was stabbed to death in September 2010 near her Woodlands home.

SINGAPORE - The one who died wasn't supposed to. The one who should die isn't going to.

So said the husband of Ms Hoe Hong Lin, the 32-year-old woman stabbed to death in September 2010.

Her attacker, Soh Wee Kian, 23, was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment.

While Mr Ng Kak Joo, 42, said he accepted the sentence, he couldn't hide his disappointment as he spoke outside court.

"I'm disappointed... This is definitely a murder... I'm also heartbroken about why there's no caning," he told reporters.

Two weeks ago, the original charge of murder was reduced to that of culpable homicide, which carries a maximum life sentence. On Thursday, prosecution and defence lawyers agreed that there was to be no caning.

Mr Ng added he would relay the news to his daughter, who is in Primary 2 and living in Malaysia. His son, who is in Primary 6 and living with him here, wanted to attend court, he said. But Mr Ng said he didn't allow it as he didn't want it to affect his studies.

"I think of her a lot. I sometimes see her in my dreams - my son also," he said in Mandarin, adding he will visit her remains on the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival.

Ms Hoe was celebrating the festival with family members the night she was killed.

Her brother, Mr Nicholas Hoe, who is in his 40s, told The New Paper on Wednesday: "We wanted the death penalty, but we'll have to accept life sentence as second best.

"We feel so innocent. It was just like she was walking on the street, something just happened... If we offended someone then we would understand. But this could happen to anybody," he added. "Life should be for life."

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