Tussle over widow's assets: Former China tour guide Yang Yin appeals to regain control of assets

SINGAPORE - The former China tour guide who is embroiled in the tussle over a wealthy widow's millions is fighting back to regain control of her assets.

In a fresh twist, Yang Yin, 41, has filed a notice of appeal against the court's earlier decision to recognise Madam Chung Khin Chun's new will which leaves most of her assets - estimated to be worth $40 million - to charity.

His lawyer, Mr Daniel Zhu, told The Straits Times on Friday morning that he has taken instructions from his client to file a notice of appeal to the Family Division of the High Court.

The application is currently pending the court's approval, he added.

The new will made by Madam Chung, 88, in December last year is supposed to replace an earlier one made in 2010, in which Yang stood to inherit her assets, including her $30 million Gerald Crescent bungalow.

Yang, who has been in remand since Oct 31 last year, now faces more than 300 charges in total including two criminal breach of trust charges for allegedly misappropriating $1.1 million from the wealthy widow.

Yang had met Madam Chung in 2008 while acting as her private tour guide on a trip to Beijing. A year later, he moved in to live with her in the bungalow, claiming that she wanted him as her "grandson".