The ex-husband of a woman whose body was found in a suitcase in Perth’s Swan River has been found guilty of her murder, while the woman’s daughter has been cleared of the killing but convicted of trying to cover up the crime.
Annabelle Chen, 58, was bashed to death in her Mosman Park home between June 30 and July 2, 2016, when fishermen discovered her body in the river near Fremantle.
Her identity remained a mystery for two months, but the breakthrough came when her daughter, Tiffany Wan, reported her missing.
After telling a false story to police, Wan, 27, and her father Ah Ping Ban, 67, were charged with her murder, and the pair stood trial in WA’s Supreme Court over the past three weeks.
They blamed each other for Ms Chen’s death, with Wan alleging her father had hit his ex-wife with a paperweight during an argument about money.
Ban maintained his daughter had told him she killed her mother during a fight about Wan’s upcoming graduation ceremony at the University of Melbourne…
Both admitted trying to cover up the crime, but maintained they did it to protect the other.
After almost a week of deliberations, the jury found Ban guilty of murder, while Wan was cleared of murder and manslaughter but convicted of being an accessory to the crime.
Ban showed no emotion as the verdict was read to the court, while Wan sobbed in the dock.