Tussle over widow's assets: Lawyers of widow's niece wants to meet Yang Yin in jail

Yang Yin, who has been in remand since Oct 31 last year, faces more than 300 charges. Two of them involve criminal breach of trust for allegedly misappropriating $1.1 million from Madam Chung. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Yang Yin, who has been in remand since Oct 31 last year, faces more than 300 charges. Two of them involve criminal breach of trust for allegedly misappropriating $1.1 million from Madam Chung. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE -The lawyer acting for Madam Hedy Mok wants to meet former China tour guide Yang Yin in jail.

This was revealed by the lawyer, Mr Peter Doraisamy, on Wednesday following a closed-door hearing on an application to recognise a new will by Madam Mok's aunt, Madam Chung Khin Chun.

Her earlier will left all her assets, believed to be worth $40 million, to Yang, who has been accused by Madam Mok of taking advantage of the 87-year-old widow. Madam Chung was diagnosed with dementia last year.

The new will does not mention Yang and leaves most of the Madam Chung's money to charity.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Doraisamy said that he has filed an application with the police to ask if he can see Yang in prison and inform him of the application for the new will directly. "Yang Yin's counsel has not had approval from the prisons to see their client... so they can't take instructions," he added.

Yang, who has been in remand since Oct 31 last year, faces more than 300 charges. Two of them involve criminal breach of trust for allegedly misappropriating $1.1 million from Madam Chung,

Yang has questioned the widow's new will, arguing that her medical condition precludes her from creating one.

"The mental capacity of Madam Chung has been a topic of severe scrutiny from the courts, the media and public," the 40-year-old said in court documents. "I do not see how a fresh will purportedly executed by Madam Chung, age 87, was validly made, if at all."

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