Pahang stabbing: Murder accused all smiles at court

MALAYSIA - He was charged with murder and he faces the death sentence if convicted.

But he was all smiles and even flashed reporters the "V" sign when he appeared at a Malaysian court on Wednesday to face his charges.

Singaporean cabby Quah Tee Keon, 46, was accused of murdering his wife's alleged lover, Mr Ruan Chao Qiang, a 33-year-old China national. Quah also faced one count of injuring his wife, Ms Loong Mei Ling, 33, by stabbing her with the knowledge that it would lead to death.

If convicted, he can be jailed up to 20 years for this offence.

Court documents showed that Quah had allegedly committed those offences at about 3.30am on Oct 13 at a house in Bera, Pahang.

His lawyer, Mr Lim Lip Eng, asked for bail to be granted due to his client's diabetic and asthmatic condition, but this was denied. The case will be up for mention again on Dec 17.

Quah had turned himself in on Oct 28 after being on the run for 15 days, but not before he boasted to the media that the police would not find any evidence to incriminate him.

Chinese evening daily Shin Min Daily News reported yesterday that Quah plans to claim trial.

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