British woman charged with death of Malaysian-born pensioner

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A British woman has been charged with the murder of Malaysian-born Chong Mee Kuen, who went missing from London on June 11 and was found dead more than 320km away in Devon on June 27.

The BBC reported that 36-year-old Jemma Mitchell of Brondesbury Park, Brent, appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and will appear at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

Chong’s body was discovered in woodland in Salcombe after she had been reported missing on June 11.

A post-mortem has not determined her cause of death, police said.

The 67-year-old Chong, also known as Deborah and originally from Malaysia, had been living in Wembley for more than 30 years.

Her death was initially treated as unexplained by the Devon and Cornwall police.

However, on July 6, further inquiries in south Devon and the London area led to a murder investigation being launched by the Met’s specialist crime command.

Crime scene investigations remain in place at two residential premises in north-west London and at woodland in south Devon. Police searches are expected to continue over the coming days.

It is understood that Chong’s family had been updated and was given support by specially trained officers.

Speculation on the circumstances that led to her death includes robbery and hate crime.

The pensioner was described by neighbours and friends as a staunch Christian, friendly and helpful yet trusting and naive.

Formerly of Kuala Lumpur, Chong was single.