Gardens by the Bay murder trial: Victim wanted to bear her killer's child

Murder suspect Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock (in red) being taken to Gardens by the Bay, the scene of the alleged crime, by police officers.
The remains said to be those of Ms Cui Yajie were found at Lim Chu Kang Lane 8 (above) in July 2016. Ms Cui’s colleague had made a police report when she still did not turn up for work. UNKNOWN PHOTO, ST FILE PHOTO
The remains said to be those of Ms Cui Yajie (above) were found at Lim Chu Kang Lane 8 in July 2016. Ms Cui's colleague had made a police report when she still did not turn up for work.
The remains said to be those of Ms Cui Yajie (above) were found at Lim Chu Kang Lane 8 in July 2016. Ms Cui's colleague had made a police report when she still did not turn up for work.
The remains said to be those of Ms Cui Yajie (above) were found at Lim Chu Kang Lane 8 in July 2016. Ms Cui's colleague had made a police report when she still did not turn up for work.
Murder suspect Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock (in red) being taken to Gardens by the Bay, the scene of the alleged crime, by police officers. ST FILE PHOTO

Last week, a 50-year-old man who strangled his lover and then burned her body went on trial for murder. Law Correspondent Selina Lum pieces together their tragic tale from court proceedings so far.

She thought he was her knight in shining armour but he turned out to be a knave. Instead of a happily ever after, she lost not just her money, but also her life, at the age of 31.

Engineer Cui Yajie came to Singapore from Tianjin, China, in 2012 to seek a better life. She last drew a $5,500 monthly salary at a semiconductor company.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'Victim wanted to bear her killer's child'. Print Edition | Subscribe