Senja Rd death: Wife charged with murder

No plea taken from civil servant, who has been remanded for a week for investigations

A civil servant was charged in court yesterday with the murder of her husband at their Bukit Panjang home.

No plea was taken from Vivien Teoh Yi Wen, 26, a senior human resource executive with the Ministry of Social and Family Development.

Mr Gordon Yeo Han Tong, 33, was apparently found with slash and stab wounds at their four-room Housing Board flat in Senja Road between 11.30pm on Sunday and 12.50am on Monday.

The couple married almost two years ago and have a one-year-old daughter.

Teoh, who was clad in a red polo shirt and dark slacks, is accused of the capital charge which is punishable by death upon conviction.

While sitting in a corner of the dock, Teoh, whose hair was tied in a ponytail, looked around the public gallery before her case was mentioned.

Mr Yeo, who owned a consultancy firm, was pronounced dead at 1.19am on Monday.

A neighbour was reported to have heard quarrelling from the couple's unit at around midnight on Sunday. The argument stopped after 10 minutes.

At about 12.30am, the neighbour heard the couple's door opening and the shouting resumed.

The neighbour told The New Paper he heard a loud banging sound before everything fell silent again.

Teoh is believed to have fled to her mother's place nearby after the attack.

Her mother called the police.

Yesterday, the prosecution successfully applied for Teoh to be remanded for a week at Central division with permission to be taken out for investigations.

The court heard that the weapon used has yet to be recovered.

Lawyer Yusfiyanto Yatiman, who did not object to the application, told District Judge Eddy Tham that he had been instructed by a family member to act for Teoh.

He said he had obtained clearance from a senior Deputy Public Prosecutor to speak to his client and to ask her about a domestic issue. He undertook not to discuss any aspect of the case with her.

After the session, Mr Yusfiyanto was seen talking to a male family member outside the courtroom. The man was accompanied by another man and two women.

Teoh will be back in court on Sept 8.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 02, 2015, with the headline 'Senja Rd death: Wife charged with murder'. Print Edition | Subscribe