Retrial of 1993 Chinese restaurant murder begins

Decorative Scales of Justice in the CourtroomThe public prosecution department has again called for 10 and two year jail sentences for six defendants in a 22-year-old murder case after the High Court ordered a retrial.

The high court in 2012 ordered the case be heard again after new facts emerged about the murder of Tim Mui Cheug, who worked in her son’s Chinese restaurant Peacock in Breda.

At the original trial, three men and three women were found guilty of involvement in the murder. The men were jailed for 10 years, the women for two. All have since served their sentences.

The men have always denied any involvement. The women confessed but later retracted their statements, saying they had been put under pressure during the investigation. All six were arrested following a police tip-off.

At the opening of Monday’s hearing, the public prosecutor said new, damaging statements had been made about the case, news agency ANP reports.

The murder took place in July 1993. The woman, known as Oma Mok, was battered and strangled in the restaurant kitchen. The fruit machine in the restaurant had been emptied.

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