Detainee claims trial to death of Datuk Patrick

(NST) – A Simpang Renggam detainee claimed trial today to gang-robbery that led to the death of former Master Builders Association Malaysia president Datuk Patrick Wong three years ago.

Chin Wee Siong, 49, and another two persons still at large, were alleged to have robbed Wong’s 27-year-old son Nicholas Wong Fye at the deceased’s house at No. 9, Lorong Kemaris 1, Bukit Bangsar, Brickfields, here, around 7pm on Nov 17, 2009.
It was reported that during the robbery, Wong died while trying to escape from robbers.
Wong, who was then 47, was using his computer when three men armed with parang entered his house.
The founder of Satujaya Sdn Bhd then tried to escape by jumping out of a window on the first floor of his house.
He sustained injuries and was sent to a private hospital, where he slipped into a coma and died two days later.
His son Nicholas worked as an IT support technician.
The accused had spent the past two years at the Simpang Renggam detention camp in Johor.
His two-year detention was to have ended in June this year.
Before his arrest, Chin worked as a hardware salesman.
The accused pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him in Mandarin.
Chin is liable to be imprisoned up to twenty years and whipped if convicted.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Amira Sariaty Zainal sought for bail be set at RM50,000 with two sureties due to the gravity of the offence where the victim’s father died during the incident.
She added that the accused is a detainee in a Simpang Renggam detention camp and is due for release in a few month’s time.
Speaking in Bahasa Malaysian, Chin pleaded for low bail because he claimed to be a divorcee with a young child under his care.
Judge Che Mohamad Zulkifly Jusoh granted bail at RM40,000 with one surety. He fixed May 3 for mention to allow Chin to appoint a lawyer.
The accused was not represented.