Yishun triple murder: Accused’s appeal against death penalty dismissed

SINGAPORE: The man who killed three women in a flat in Yishun six years ago has had his appeal dismissed.

Chinese national Wang Zhijian, 48, was found guilty in 2012 of the murder of Madam Yang Jie, 36, the flatmate of his lover Zhang Meng. He was found guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for the death of Madam Zhang, 41, and her daughter Feng Jianyu, 17, after the court accepted his defence that he was impaired by an “abnormality of the mind” in the two deaths.

Wang appealed against his conviction for Mdm Yang’s murder, while the prosecution appealed against his acquittal of murder in the deaths of Mdm Zhang and Ms Feng. On Friday (Nov 28), the Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal, while allowing the prosecution’s appeal.

According to court documents, Wang first met Mdm Zhang in China in 2005 and the two soon began a romantic relationship. In 2007, Mdm Zhang accompanied her daughter Feng to move to Singapore after she secured a place in a secondary school here. They rented two bedrooms in a flat at Yishun Avenue 11.

Wang visited Mdm Zhang several times in Singapore and the pair continued their relationship, which court documents described as “passionate, tortured and at times bizarre”.

In 2008, after the pair had a quarrel, Wang stabbed Mdm Zhang 48 times in her head, neck, chest, abdomen and limbs while she was sleeping. He then attacked Ms Feng, stabbing her 45 times with the same knife.

Wang then went into another bedroom where Mdm Yang and her daughter Li Meilin, who was 15 at the time, were sleeping. He slashed Ms Li with a knife, but she survived.

He later chased Mdm Yang who had run out of the bedroom into the kitchen. In her bid to escape, Mdm Yang climbed out of the kitchen window and stood on the narrow ledge outside, while holding on to the laundry pole holders. According to the prosecution, Wang then used a chopper to cut Mdm Yang’s fingers, causing her to lose her grip on the pole holders and fall six storeys to her death.

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