Ex-fung shui guru Peter Chan 'untruthful' on will

Court hears argument that Peter Chan's claims on the validity of a copy of Nina Wang's will leaving him her estate 'did not make sense'

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 4:48am

Self-styled fung shui guru Peter Chan Chun-chuen gave untrue testimony in previous civil proceedings involving the enormous estate of Asia's richest woman Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum, a court heard yesterday.

Prosecutor David Perry QC, a senior English criminal barrister, told the Court of First Instance that the early accounts Chan gave to claim how he came into the possession of the allegedly forged will that left him the estate did not make sense.

Chan is accused of forging the will in Wang's name between October 15, 2006, and April 8, 2007. The will bore the date October 16, 2006.

Instances that Perry said were suspicious included Chan's claim that the late Chinachem chairwoman had reminded him not to leave any fingerprints on the envelope when she handed him the will.

He also pointed out that Chan said his wife "was not very interested" when he showed her the will, which could have led to him becoming one of the richest men in Asia.

Peter Chan changed his name from Tony in March. The prosecution addresses him as "Tony Chan".

The 53-year-old has pleaded not guilty to one count of forgery and one count of using a false instrument.

The second charge relates to his using the allegedly forged will with the intention of inducing others to accept it as genuine between April 4, 2007, and February 3, 2010.

"The defendant created false documents purported to be made as the last will of the late Nina Wang," Perry said yesterday, adding that Chan had claimed himself to be the sole heir or beneficiary of the estate.

But he said Wang did not write the date and signature on the will, and the signatures of witnesses, Chinachem senior employee Ng Shung-mo and solicitor Wong Wing-cheung, were also forgeries. The prosecutor said a partial will that Wang executed in October 2006 formed the base of the counterfeit involved in Chan's forgery trial, set down for 35 days.

Perry said this had probably been part of the fung shui rituals in connection with Wang's health, but the document was not found after its creation.

Wang was seriously ill in late 2006 and died of cancer in 2007.

The court also heard that before Wang died, the forged will was unknown to her family and closest advisers, coming to light only after her death.

Chan told the family through his lawyers that he had the will.

Perry said Wang had executed a will in 2002 saying that her estate would go to the Chinachem Charitable Foundation, formed by Wang and her husband Teddy Wang Teh-huei in 1988.

When Wang made the 2002 will, she was "sensitive and appreciative" that her estate was not just hers, but also Teddy Wang's, he said, asking the jury to consider whether she would later give everything to Chan.

Barrister Andrew Kan leads Chan's legal team. The trial resumes on Monday before Mr Justice Andrew Macrae, with the prosecution outlining what took place when Chan and Wang met.