Choa Chu Kang murder: Victim's husband charged

A chinese national was charged in court Friday with the murder of his 41-year-old wife, Madam Liu Bijiao.

Hu Zi Qing was arrested on Thursday morning after Madam Liu - who was also from China - was found dead in their Choa Chu Kang Avenue 2 flat earlier at about 4am.

He was at the crime scene and did not resist arrest when the police turned up at the unit Friday.

The 58-year-old man will be remanded for a week at Central Police Division for further investigations.

Yesterday, 1.6m-tall Hu appeared in court in a red shirt. He walked with a limp and appeared calm as he waited for his case to be mentioned in court.

But when he was called, he raised his voice slightly and told the judge and prosecutors in Mandarin: "I know you want to charge me, but I do not admit guilt."

The Straits Times understands that the couple have an 18-year-old daughter who goes to a secondary school in the west of Singapore, and that she is Madam Liu's child from a previous marriage.

She is said to be a witness to her mother's murder, and was too distraught to identify her mother's body at the mortuary Friday.

Another four to five Chinese women rent the Choa Chu Kang flat as well, according to the couple's neighbours.

Residents in that block of flats said they often heard "loud banging noises and shouting between a man and woman", and that the police had responded to complaints about noise from the flat before.

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