Appeal judges not convinced killing was 'cold-blooded murder'
Eu has been convicted of killing Madam Yu. Her body as it was being carried out (above) of the massage parlour where she was killed in 2006. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN, WANBAO FILE PHOTOS
A SEAFOOD-STALL boss escaped the gallows yesterday when the Court of Appeal overturned his murder conviction for killing his Chinese mistress in 2006.
Eu Lim Hoklai, 57, had been given the mandatory death penalty by the High Court in 2009 for murdering Madam Yu Hongjin, 30, in a massage parlour she ran in Ang Mo Kio.
He appealed against the conviction last September.
Yesterday, Justice V. K. Rajah, delivering the decision of the three-judge court, said that, given the lack of clarity about the incident, 'it would be unsafe to conclude that this was a case of murder in cold blood'.
Rather, the appeal judges found, it appears to have been a death caused in the heat of the moment, either upon a sudden fight or grave and sudden provocation.
Justice Rajah said there was sufficient objective evidence to show that an intense struggle had taken place on the morning of June 18, 2006.
Lover's death: Man escapes gallows