Man and son face the gallows over robber's death

SEREMBAN - A father and son are on trial for murder in Malaysia after allegedly killing a robber who broke into a house where they were staying, local media reported on Wednesday.

Malaysian Mo Yi Hong, a 56-year-old chef, and his son Wei Qiang, 28, are accused of causing the death of Mr Chen Wen Bao on Feb 24.

The elder Mo and his Singaporean wife, Ms Guo Shu Lan, have lived in Singapore for many years. They also have a daughter.

The family returns to Negeri Sembilan every year during Chinese New Year to visit friends and relatives, and the incident happened during their trip back this year.

Chen and an accomplice entered the house where the Mo family was staying late at night on Feb 24, according to the Kwong Wah Daily News.

Allegedly, Chen slashed Ms Guo with a knife but the family fought back and in the ensuing fracas, Chen was killed. His accomplice fled.

Ms Guo was injured and required 25 stitches on her arm.

In interviews with the Malaysian media, Ms Guo said that her husband and her son were acting in self defence. She also claimed that Chen was conscious when they tied him up, and it is not clear how he died.

Mo and his son could be sentenced to death if they are found guilty.

Both have pleaded not guilty and the case will be heard again on April 30, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.

This article was first published on March 11, 2015.
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