Death in Yishun flat: Woman charged with causing hurt

Woo Mui Mee (above) is accused of inflicting cuts on the hand of Mr Wong Keng Woo (right) with a paper cutter in his Yishun flat last Saturday.
Woo Mui Mee (above) is accused of inflicting cuts on the hand of Mr Wong Keng Woo with a paper cutter in his Yishun flat last Saturday.PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
Woo Mui Mee (above) is accused of inflicting cuts on the hand of Mr Wong Keng Woo (right) with a paper cutter in his Yishun flat last Saturday.
Woo Mui Mee is accused of inflicting cuts on the hand of Mr Wong Keng Woo (above) with a paper cutter in his Yishun flat last Saturday.PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

A 34-year-old woman was yesterday charged with hurting her landlord with a paper cutter and she may later face a more serious charge.

Woo Mui Mee, a Malaysian, is accused of inflicting cuts on the left hand of 76-year-old Mr Wong Keng Woo at about 10pm last Saturday in his three-room Housing Board flat in Yishun Ring Road .

He was pronounced dead at about 11.40pm.

Woo, who was clad in a red polo shirt and dark blue bermudas, looked calm as the charge was read to her in Mandarin.

She was seen nodding her head. At times, she looked around the courtroom.

The prosecution applied successfully for her to be remanded at the Central Police Division headquarters for investigation.

Police prosecutor Ting Ngee Kong told the court that the charge was very likely to be upgraded.

Responding to District Judge Eddy Tham, he said Mr Wong had died, and that the relationship between Mr Wong and Woo was one of landlord and tenant.

Police said they received a call at about 10pm that day, and found Mr Wong lying motionless in his home. At about 8pm that night, neighbours heard a commotion lasting about 15 minutes.

If convicted of the current charge, Woo faces a jail term of up to seven years and a fine. The case will be mentioned next Monday.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 24, 2015, with the headline 'Death in Yishun flat: Woman charged with causing hurt'. Print Edition | Subscribe