S’porean on trial in UK for suffocating spouse with pillow: Son says dad by no means laid a finger on mum , Latest Singapore News
The son of a Singaporean man accused of murdering his wife in Britain testified on Tuesday (Aug 2) that his father was protecting of his mom and he by no means noticed him lay a finger on her.
Fong Soong Hert, 51, is going through trial in Newcastle for murdering his spouse, Madam Pek Ying Ling, 51, by smothering her with a pillow in a lodge whereas they have been on vacation final December.
On Tuesday, British broadcaster BBC reported that the couple’s eldest son, Mr Alonzo Fong, 26, informed the Newcastle Crown Court: “For my 26 years of life, not as soon as had my dad laid a finger on my mum.
“There’s by no means been an argument of physicality, even when he was on his remedy or when he was confused.
“He would always protect my mother.”
He added: “I think I know my father very well. I would never think of any circumstance he would seek to hurt my mother.”
Madam Pek was pronounced lifeless on the County Aparthotel in Newcastle at 7.32am on Dec 6 final yr.
The couple, who had been married for 27 years, have three grownup sons of their 20s and have been travelling across the United Kingdom and Europe.
Earlier on Monday, the court docket heard that Fong referred to as Mr Fong, who was finding out in Newcastle on the time, and mentioned he had harm his mom.
He informed his son: “She’s gone. She’s dead. I just lost it. I tried to cover her mouth to shush her. I just lost it.”
Prosecutor Peter Makepeace mentioned the son despatched his father a number of textual content messages advising him to remain put and look forward to him and the police.
Fong replied that he was sorry and wished to die.
The couple had earlier returned from the hospital on the night time of Dec 5, after Fong had fallen and an ambulance was referred to as.
BBC reported on Tuesday that in the course of the couple’s keep within the UK, Fong had suffered plenty of falls that required hospital remedy, together with one from a top of about 15m whereas he was taking images in Scotland.
The court docket heard on Monday that Fong has “no memory whatsoever of the killing but accepts that he must have placed a pillow over his wife’s face and smothered her to death”.
He has denied murdering Madam Pek however pleaded guilty to manslaughter, arguing that he didn’t intend to kill her or trigger her actually severe bodily hurt.
Mr Makepeace earlier informed the court docket that Madam Pek would scold her husband for not taking correct care of himself.
According to the BBC, when requested what that meant, Mr Fong mentioned on Tuesday: “When I say scold, I’m undecided what the understanding is within the UK for that phrase, however in Singapore it is largely like a telling off.
“For instance, if my mum noticed my dad doing a sure factor she would ask why, that is what I meant by the phrase scold.
“She would be constantly asking him to go to the hospital to get checked and stop acting so tough.”
ST reported earlier that the couple left Singapore on Oct 24 final yr and travelled to Abu Dhabi within the United Arab Emirates, Croatia and Scotland, earlier than arriving in Newcastle, the place they met Mr Fong on Dec 3.
The couple watched a soccer match between Newcastle United and Burnley, their youngest son told ST in an exclusive interview.
They had deliberate to satisfy their second and youngest sons throughout their journey, which might have concluded in Germany on Jan 13.
The trial is predicted to conclude subsequent Tuesday.