Self-employed man escaped the gallows for 2013 murder of a teenage girl whose remains he stuffed in a suitcase.
Poon Wai Hong who was sentenced to hang for killing a cosplayer successfully appealed his murder conviction yesterday and will now serve a jail term of 22 years instead, from the date of his arrest in 2013.
A Court of Appeal panel agreed to alter his original charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code with culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
The mandatory death penalty is imposed on murder convictions.
Poon was convicted by the High Court in Shah Alam last April with murdering 15-year-old Ng Yuk Tim.
According to previous reports, Poon had stuffed Ng’s body into a suitcase on October 22, 2013, after failing to persuade her into sexual relations.
Ng was believed to have gone to Poon’s house the previous day for help with some cosplay costumes.
Poon’s lawyer Datuk Rajpal Singh told the court that Poon intended to have sex with Ng but a friend had interrupted the duo causing him to go out. When he came back, the girl did not want to have sex anymore, resulting in the couple engaging in a fight.
In the argument, Poon was trying to stop Ng from shouting when she bit his hand and he then pushed her to prevent her from attacking him with a stun gun.
By the time Poon found his spectacles which were knocked off his face, he saw Ng had fallen and hit her head on a dumbbell. She was motionless.
The lawyer said Poon panicked and stuffed Ng’s body in the suitcase instead of calling the authorities.
Reportedly, the prosecution would be filing an appeal with the Federal Court.