AN EVIL dad has been sentenced to death after he throttled to death his heavily pregnant wife and their four-year-old girl — and then slept with their bodies for a week.
Teo Ghim Heng, 45, from Singapore, is set to be hanged after he was convicted of murdering his spouse, Choong Pei Shan, and their daughter Zi Ning.
Ms Pei Shan, 39, was six months pregnant when she was killed in 2017.
After murdering her and their little daughter, Heng placed them both on a bed and slept beside them for a week.
He had planned to kill himself to "reunite the family" in death but failed, despite multiple attempts.
On one occasion he set fire to his wife and daughter’s bodies and tried to lay next to them, but "chickened out" because of the heat.
His brutal murders were discovered when his brother-in-law turned up at the family home.
He had become worried after his sister did not turn up for their usual Chinese New Year festivities and did not respond to phone calls and messages.
When he could not get in the home, he called the police.
Heng reportedly appeared "shocked" after opening his doors to cops before he walked up to his brother-in-law and told him his sister was dead.
The killer has been found guilty of two counts of murder and sentenced to death in Singapore, the Daily Star reported.
Previously, Heng worked as a top property agent but recently lost the £11,000 a year job
He racked up gambling debts, credit card bills and school fees for his daughter's education which he was unable to pay and kept putting off, the court heard.
He also suspected that his daughter was not his after finding his wife with another man in October 2014.
Prosecutors argued that Heng was not mentally ill at the time of the killing because he could describe his relationship with his wife as well as how he killed them.
But defence lawyer Eugene Thuraisingam said Heng had been suffering from major depressive disorder at the time of the killing.
He begged the court to convict Heng of culpable homicide, not amounting to murder, but this was rejected by Justice Kannan Ramesh who concluded he was not mentally ill.
The judge pointed to several factors including Heng's work performance and his ability to conjure up several lies after the incident, which he said is "demonstrative of shrewd cognitive ability".
He handed Heng the maximum penalty for murder in Singapore, which is death, which he intends to appeal.
He also faced a third charge of causing the death of the unborn foetus, but this was withdrawn after the conviction yesterday.
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