Shearwey Murder Case: Counsel for Ong Discharges Himself

9 January 2008

The defence counsel who was representing 29-year-old Ong Chee Leong in the murder case of 3-year-old Shearwey Ooi Ying Ying has said he would discharge himself “in the interest of justice”. Counsel Khoo Chye Beng made the announcement to the High Court yesterday.

The former karaoke lounge manager was charged with the brutal murder of Shearwey at a Sri Impian apartment in Lengkok Angsana, Bandar Baru Air Itam, between 7:30am and 6:30pm on 5 July 2007. Ong claimed trial to the charge.

At the High Court, Justice Abdul Rahim Uda told Khoo that he has “made a noble decision”.

On 12 December 2007, the judge had advised Khoo to discuss with Deputy Public Prosecutor Razali Che Ani and watching brief counsel Jagdeep Singh Deo after Jagdeep Singh had objected to Khoo being Ong’s counsel. This was because Khoo had previously represented the victim’s mother Jess Teh Hooi Wen in a related case involving a false missing person’s report being made by her.

Ong has been advised to find another counsel as the case will be mentioned on 1 February 2008. He also faces a charge of drug possession.

The Star Online – Lawyer for Ying Ying’s alleged killer discharges himself

New Straits Times – Defence lawyer pulls out of murder trial

MCW – Shearwey’s Mother Pleaded Not Guilty to Charges

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