Man, 85, allegedly killed long-time partner after she refused to let him stay in bigger room

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SINGAPORE - An 85-year-old man allegedly hacked his 79-year-old long-time partner to death with a chopper after she refused to let him occupy a bigger room in their flat.

Pak Kian Huat, alias Pek Kiah Huat, was due to plead guilty on Friday to a reduced culpable homicide charge for killing Madam Lim Soi Moy in their flat at Lorong 4 Toa Payoh.

However, he disrupted court proceedings and disputed many details of the incidents, which happened at about 3.30am on Sept 1, 2019.

The eventful hearing started with Pak's lawyer applying to discharge himself.

Mr Jonathan Wong told the court that the original capital murder charge was reduced on the condition that Pak pleads guilty, but his client now wanted the death sentence to be imposed.

When Justice Aedit Abdullah clarified this with Pak, the accused said through a Mandarin interpreter that the sentence of seven years' jail that his lawyer was seeking was too long.

Pak suggested a term of not more than five years. The prosecution is asking for 15 to 18 years.

When the facts of the case were read out in court, Pak repeatedly interjected to dispute details, including challenging the fact that the victim had 54 wounds all over her body.

When Justice Abdullah asked if he had counted the wounds after the attack, Pak replied that he had not but figured that he did not hack the victim so many times.

After repeated interjections, the judge told him: "You are not in a coffee shop, you are in a courtroom. You will behave with the proper decorum."

The court heard that Pak and Madam Lim met in the 1950s when they were in their teens; he was then a shipyard worker and she was a housekeeper.

The couple entered into a relationship only after a decade ...

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