SINGAPORE - Laundry shop manager Leslie Khoo Kwee Hock, 51, who strangled his China lover in his car in a quiet road near Gardens by the Bay and then burned her body, was found guilty of murder on Thursday (July 18).
Judicial Commissioner Audrey Lim convicted Khoo of murdering engineer Cui Yajie, 31, on the morning of July 12, 2016, and rejected all defences he had raised to the charge.
She found that Khoo knew that pressing Ms Cui's neck with great force would "likely cause her death", and dismissed his claims that he did not have any intention of strangling her and only realised his hands were around her neck after she had stopped moving.
She also rejected Khoo's testimony that Ms Cui had physically abused him, and pointed to the victim's smaller size in dismissing his claim that Ms Cui had restrained him when he tried to get out of the car.
"The accused acted in a cruel and unusual manner," said the judge, as Khoo listened calmly to the verdict.
The judge also discredited Khoo's claim that he had burned Ms Cui's body to let her "rest in peace".