University professor charged with murdering wife and daughter

Professor Khaw Kim-sun’s wife and 16-year-old daughter were found unconscious in a locked car in 2015, and later died in hospital

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 September, 2017, 1:26pm
UPDATED : Monday, 11 September, 2017, 11:45pm

An associate professor at Hong Kong’s Chinese University has been charged with murdering his teenage daughter and wife, who were found dead in their Mini Cooper in 2015.

Professor Khaw Kim-sun, 52, was arrested on Monday in a police raid on his home in Tai Tung Tsuen, Ma On Shan.

He appeared at Sha Tin Court in the afternoon. Asked if he understood the charges, he ­nodded and said “yes”. Khaw was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned to October 16.

Khaw is an associate professor at Chinese University’s department of anaesthesia and intensive care and also works as a senior medical officer at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.

A Chinese University spokeswoman said: “Since [there are now] judicial proceedings, the university will handle its teaching matters according to established procedures.”

On May 22, 2015, Khaw’s 47-year-old wife, Wong Siew-fing, and 16-year-old daughter, Khaw Lai-ling, were found unconscious in their locked compact car pulled over on Sai Sha Road. They died later in hospital.

“[The] postmortem revealed that they died of inhaling carbon monoxide,” police said in a statement issued on Monday.

Tests carried out shortly after the deaths revealed they had 50 times the normal level of carbon monoxide in their blood.

Officers from Sha Tin district crime squad made the arrest.

It was understood police had carried out extensive tests with experts, including government chemists, and had sought advice from the Department of Justice before taking action.

At about 1.30pm on Monday, the hooded and handcuffed suspect was escorted into an unmarked police car at Ma On Shan police station before being driven to Sha Tin Court.

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The couple had four children and Khaw Lai-ling, a student at Renaissance College in Ma On Shan, was their second, according to police.

The car was bought by Hock Kim Heng Limited for about HK$325,000 in 2007, according to vehicle registration records.

Company registration records showed that Khaw Kim-sun and Wong Siew-fing were listed as directors of the firm.