Crime & Court

Murder Accused Tells Court He Was Only Trying To Defend Himself

Speaking through a Mandarin interpreter, Yong, a Chinese national, is charged with the murder of a 33-year-old Asian national.
02 Sep 2020 15:15
Murder Accused Tells Court He Was Only Trying To Defend Himself
Wang Qi Yong outside the High Court in Suva on August 31, 2020. Photo: Ashna Kumar

A murder accused told the court, during Day 2 of his trial, that he did not intend to kill the woman saying he was only defending himself. The deceased, he said, was scratching, slapping and punching him.

Wang Qi Yong yesterday took stand as a defence witness to give evidence of what happened on May 13, 2019 at the deceased’s rented house in Namadi Heights, Suva.

Speaking through a Mandarin interpreter, Yong, a Chinese national, is charged with the murder of a 33-year-old Asian national.

He appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar.

He also submitted as defence exhibit the copies of the conversation between him and the deceased on WeChat app.

Yong told the court that he did not know the deceased until she added him on WeChat and messaged him on May 5. He told the court he was at MHCC when she added him and they started up a conversation telling her he was heading back to China. He told the court that the deceased invited him to her house but he refused but the deceased still insisted.

On that day he went to Nakasi where he was residing with his friend.

On May 10, Yong told the court that he checked into a hotel in Suva and stayed there with his girlfriend, who visited him, until May 12.

Yong also told the court that after his girlfriend left, he received a message from the deceased asking if he was visiting her and that she was very interesting.

He told the court that the deceased sent him pictures of herself.

The messages revealed that Yong asked the deceased for a video of her because he did not like viewing pictures. He claimed that the deceased asked for money in exchange of the video which he agreed to.

The messages also revealed that the deceased asked Yong to visit her at her house later in the evening because she did not have any other customers that evening.

He arrived at the deceased’s house at 8.14pm, according to his call logs.

Yong told the court that they stayed in her bedroom and got to know each other.

Yong and the deceased had sexual intercourse at around 10pm and around 11.30pm they went to sleep.

Yong told the court that he woke up at 7am and the deceased asked for sex again.

He claimed that he offered $300 to the deceased, however, she demanded $400 because he had arrived earlier than discussed.

He claimed they argued over this and the deceased became angry and locked the door of the bedroom to prevent him from leaving.

Yong told the court that he too got angry and pushed her to open the door and claimed that the deceased started to scratch, slap and punch him.

Yong claimed that he did not intend to kill her as he was trying to stop her.

He told the court that had he known that his actions would lead to her death, he would have given her $400 before that.

He also told the court that he realised he was a man and had more strength and said he was not aware that the grip he had on the victim was strangling her which made her lose consciousness.

He told the court that he carried her onto the bed and checked on her and that she was still breathing.

Yong told the court he did not know when the deceased died.

A prosecution witness from the forensics team photographed cigarette butts, condoms, a sex toy, mobile phone and other belongings inside the bedroom on May 13 last year.

The trial continues today.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback: ashna.kumar@fijisun.com.fj


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