Man to hang for Yishun murders

The death sentence of a Chinese national who killed three women - his lover, her daughter and their flat mate - has been confirmed by a ruling of the Court of Appeal.

Wang Zhijian, 48, had also wounded the flat mate's daughter in the knife attack in Yishun in 2008. He was initially convicted of only the flat mate's murder and had appealed. The prosecution had also appealed, seeking a murder conviction in the other two deaths.

Yesterday, the three-judge apex court dismissed Wang's appeal and allowed the prosecution's.

The court disagreed that he suffered from an abnormality of the mind.

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Ex-SIA girl gets $550k over failed luxury bag business, but ...

Miss Serene Zhao.

Former air stewardess Serene Zhao's joint venture in a luxury handbag business with Madam Joan Chua last year turned sour when they could not fulfil orders by customers.

Miss Zhao, 30, eventually sued Madam Chua, 31, for $1.3 million in damages in the High Court.

The case was settled in September this year with Madam Chua agreeing to pay $550,000 to Miss Zhao.

When Madam Chua failed to pay up, Miss Zhao started blogging about their dispute and posted photos of Madam Chua and her family.

An incensed Madam Chua then filed a magistrate's complaint. The former partners will now have to attend mediation next month.

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Group A: Indonesia bow out with 5-1 win over Laos

Zulham Zamrun celebrates after scoring Indonesia's fourth goal in their Suzuki Cup Group A clash with Laos.
Zulham Zamrun celebrates after scoring Indonesia's fourth goal in their Suzuki Cup Group A clash with Laos.

(Evan Darmono 8, Ramdhani Lestaluhu 20, 50, Zulham Zamrun 82, Ketsada Souksavanh 89-og)

(Khampheng Sayavutth 28-pen)

Indonesia bowed out of the AFF Suzuki Cup with a 5-1 thrashing of Laos on Friday night at the Hang Day Stadium in Hanoi.

Despite living up to their end of the bargain in the bid to qualify from Group B with a large victory over the Laotians, the Merah Putih's result was rendered inconsequential by Vietnam's 3-1 victory over the Philippines in their concurrent match.

Alfred Riedl's side took an early lead in spectacular fashion via Evan Darmono. The 19-year-old midfielder found space to shoot on the edge of the area in the 8th minute and his left-footer sailed into the top corner of Seng Athit Somvang's goal.

Wide man Ramdani Lestaluhu doubled Indonesia's lead 12 minutes later with a late burst into the box to slot home after some good hold-up play by Uruguay-born striker Cristian Gonzales.

Just as it looked like Indonesia were about to pull away, left-back Supardi Nasir barged into Vilayout Sayyabounsou as his side's last man in the 27th minute to earn a red card and concede a penalty.

Laos striker Khampeng Sayavutth stepped up and drilled his spot-kick down the middle to reduce the deficit.

Despite going a man down, Indonesia continued to plug away at their opponents and were rewarded in the 50th minute when Darmono's low cross evaded the Laos defence to be turned in by the waiting Ramdhani.

While Indonesia's two-goal hero had to be substituted in the 56th minute due to injury, it did not stop Zulham Zamrun from adding a fourth after 82 minutes when he got on the end of a Muhamad Ridwan cross to apply the finishing touch.

The rout was completed in the 89th minute when Laos captain Ketsada Souksavanh turned the ball into his own net while trying to keep out Zulham's cross.

While both sides were eliminated, the result ensured that Indonesia could hold their heads higher with a win under their belt while their vanquished opponents left the tournament without a point to their name.

Group A: Vietnam through to semis after 3-1 win over Azkals

Vietnam's Ngo Hoang Thinh celebrates after scoring the opener against the Philippines.

(Ngo Hoang Thinh 7, Vu Minh Tuan 50, Pham Thanh Luong 58)

(Paul Mulders 60)

Vietnam marched into the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup with a convincing 3-1 victory over the Philippines at the My Dinh stadium in Hanoi on Friday (Nov 28). 

The hosts displayed their attacking intent right from the start when Le Cong Vinh broke free into the box only to be brought down and booked for simulation. 

But it did not take long for them to take the lead.

In the seventh minute, Ngo Hoang Thinh unleashed an ambitious strike from 30 metres which skidded past the Philippines goalkeeper.

Toshiya Miura's men looked the more promising side in the first half with their quick and crisp passing.

The same story continued in the second half as the Vietnamese continued to dominate Thomas Dooley's side.

First touch

Five minutes after the restart, a cross from Ngo Hoang Thinh was met with a great first touch from Vu Minh Tuan which took him past the last defender and then buried the shot into the bottom left corner. 

Minutes later, Pham Thanh Luong scored a belter from outside the box to give his side a 3-0 lead. 

The Philippines pulled one back after Paul Mulders scored from a splendid Jerry Lucena cross.

Apart from the goal, the Azkals, who have already booked their spot in the semi-finals before the game, did little to impose themselves on the game.

With the win, Vietnam top Group A with seven points and will face the runners-up from Group B in the semi-finals.


Hearse carrying body ‘stolen’ at Australian funeral

Model of a hearse

An Australian family on Friday (Nov 28) spoke of their shock after a man jumped out of bushes and drove off in a hearse carrying the body of a relative just before his funeral.

Ms Hayley West and husband Mr Tobias Richardson were preparing for the funeral service of her brother-in-law Seth in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney on Thursday morning when the alleged carjacker made his move.

She told ABC Radio: “Just as we were talking in the foyer and one of the funeral directors was getting the trolley to put the coffin on, a guy jumped out of the bushes and jumped into the hearse and started it up.

“The funeral home guy was banging on the window, saying ‘What are you doing? You can’t drive away in a hearse’.

“We are all standing around, going ‘Oh my God, the hearse has been stolen’.”

Mr Richardson jumped into his own car to pursue the thief as Ms West called police and an aghast crowd watched the chase unfold.


The hearse drove into the grounds of a school, with Mr Richardson using his car to block it from being driven any further, the police said.

Said Ms West: “Tobias jumped out and said, ‘What the hell are you doing?’.

The guy meekly said, ‘I need to go to hospital’.”

New South Wales police officers arrived five minutes later to take the 49-year-old man away, adding that he had dementia and had gone missing from a nursing home earlier on Thursday.

Ms West said the funeral service carried on as planned after the hearse was returned.

Source: AFP

GALLERY: Light planes flipped over as hailstorm batters Brisbane

A man surveys the damage to his home in Brisbane on November 28, 2014 following a storm which struck the area on November 27.
A man surveys the damage to his home in Brisbane on Friday.

Planes were flipped and roofs ripped off when hail and powerful winds tore through Australia’s east coast, leaving a damage bill of more than A$100 million (S$111 million).

The storm, which officials said was one of the worst seen in the country and the strongest to hit the city of Brisbane in three decades, rained hailstones the size of tennis balls on cars and buildings late on Thursday.

Streets were flooded and 39 people injured.

Gusts of up to 140kmh, as strong as a Category Two cyclone, also uprooted trees and brought down power lines.

In one of the more dramatic scenes, at least four light planes were flipped over at Archerfield Airport, 11km from Brisbane’s central business district.

“It looks like the apocalypse,” one resident of an apartment building that had its metal roof wrenched off by the storm and blown more than 100m told reporters.

Another Brisbane resident said the hailstones were travelling “like bullets”.

“My daughter was crying. It was like a freight train coming straight at you, just like a roar, it was that loud,” Mr John Arthur told national radio. “The size of the hailstones were decimating everything in its path.”

Photos: AFP

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said it was the “biggest storm that has hit Brisbane since 1985” but was grateful no one was seriously hurt.

“It was a terrible storm, but thankfully no one’s been seriously injured or worse,” he told ABC radio.

Source: AFP