Woodlands deaths: Accused appears in court for first time

Teo Ghim Heng (in red) arriving at court yesterday. The 41-year-old is accused of killing his wife, who was six months' pregnant, on Jan 20.
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The man who was last week charged with killing his wife in their Woodlands flat appeared for the first time in court yesterday.

Former property agent Teo Ghim Heng, also known as Zhang Jinxing, 41, was discharged from the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Feb 1, two days after he was charged via videolink with murdering his wife, Madam Choong Pei Shan, 39, on Jan 20.

Teo showed up in court yesterday for further mention of the case. He will appear in court again on Feb 13.

His father and younger brother, who were in court yesterday, said they would hire a lawyer.

Man arrested after woman and child found dead in Woodlands flat

  • Police officers on Friday (Feb 10) afternoon escorted the suspect in the Woodlands double murder case back to the crime scene
  • Teo Ghim Heng, also known as Zhang Jinxing, 41, was led by officers to his home at the sixth floor at Block 619, Woodlands Drive 52
  • Teo was charged on Jan 30 with murdering his wife, Madam Choong Pei Shan, 39
  • Teo was escorted to the crime scene at 4.18pm, entering the unit with five officers
  • eo and the officers left the scene about 50min later at 5.09pm
  • The victim's father, Mr Zhong, sang a nursery rhyme at the cremation.
  • Mourners lined up as the hearse made its way to the Mandai crematorium.
  • The accused parents were spotted near the wake, but did not dare pay their respects, reported Wanbao.
  • The wake for the victims was held on Jan 31.
  • MP for Sembawang GRC Mr Vikram Nair with the victim's brother at the wake.
  • The parents of the accused speaking to the victim's elder brother.
  • A 39-year-old woman and her daughter, aged four, were found dead in the bedroom of their flat on the first day of Chinese New Year (Jan 28).
  • Police received a call at 6.35pm requesting for assistance at a sixth floor unit at Woodlands Drive 52, Block 619, and found the bodies.
  • The mother is believed to be Madam Choong Pei Shan.
  • The mother and child were pronounced dead around 7pm by paramedics on the scene.
  • A 41-year-old man, believed to be the woman's husband, Mr Teo Ghim Heng, was detained and arrested at the flat in connection with the case.
  • There was an acrid burning smell in the air.
  • And police were looking in the rubbish collection point for evidence.
  • The cause of the pair's death is not known.
  • But it is believed to be related to the burning smell.
  • A neighbour who lives a few units down said the couple, who moved into the unit about five years ago, mostly kept to themselves.
  • A transport supervisor, 47, who wanted to be known only as Mr Mie, said that he had noticed the smell of burning plastic.
  • There was no fire when the authorities arrived at the scene.
  • Police are investigating the unnatural deaths.

The bodies of Madam Choong and her four-year-old daughter Teo Zi Ning were found in a bedroom of their flat on Jan 28, the first day of Chinese New Year.

Madam Choong was six months pregnant with a boy when her body was found. The alleged murder took place in their sixth-storey flat at Block 619, Woodlands Drive 52.

If convicted of murder, Teo faces the death penalty.

This article by The Straits Times was published in The New Paper, a free newspaper published by Singapore Press Holdings.

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