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By Dorcas Ting
KUCHING, July 29: The forensic report into the murder of four-year-old Eric Chang is still not ready, forcing the Magistrate’s Court here to fix Sept 9 for further mention for the prosecution to tender the report.
The caretaker of the deceased infant, Wendy Chai Xue Zhen, 37 and her husband Ling Kok Liang, 51, were suspected to be involved in the alleged murder case and were investigated and charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and read together with Section 34 of the same Code, which carries a mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
They were brought before the Magistrate’s Court here today for the mention of the case and for the prosecution to tender the forensic report in relation to the case.
No plea was taken before Magistrate Zubaidah Sharkawi pending the post-mortem report of the decease.
Magistrate Zaiton also fixed Sept 9 for further mention of the case.
They were charged for allegedly murdering Eric Chang Wei Jie at their house in Taman Riverview between March 4, 2022 at about 5pm to March 7 at about 9.15am.
Both the accused and the parents of Chang were arrested by the police on March 11 to assist in the investigation.
However, both parents were released after a police investigation and the caretaker and her husband were further detained by the police to further investigate the case and were under police remand until today.
According to the police investigation, surveillance footage obtained from a restaurant in Muara Tebas showed both suspects carrying a polystyrene box and dumping it at Muara Tebas Wharf, at about 9pm on March 6.
The boy’s body has not been found. — DayakDaily