Court of Final Appeal grants permission for former CUHK professor Khaw Kim-sun to appeal murder conviction

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Professor Khaw Kim-sun

6th June 2023 – (Hong Kong) Professor Khaw Kim-sun, a former associate professor at the Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2018 for using carbon monoxide to kill his wife and daughter. He appealed against his conviction, but the appeal was rejected, and the original sentence was upheld.

Professor Khaw believes that the case has significant and far-reaching legal implications and disputes the judgment against him. He applied for permission to appeal to the Court of Final Appeal, and after a hearing on June 6, the court granted him permission to appeal. The appeal hearing is scheduled to take place on 10th October.

The 56-year-old Professor Khaw was charged with the murder of his wife, Wong and his 16-year-old daughter, Lily Khaw Li-ling, on 22nd May, 2015. He argued that there was a legal dispute that needed to be addressed by the Court of Final Appeal. Specifically, he challenged the need for the accused to prove their innocence when there is evidence that strengthens the suspicion against them. He also questioned the judge’s instructions to the jury on certain facts, including whether the yoga ball involved in the case had a leak or not.