Man charged with murdering his wife at Buangkok condominium

Man charged with murdering his wife at Buangkok condominium

Paul Quirk
Paul Leslie Quirk, 48, is accused of murdering his wife Christina Khoo. (Photo: Facebook/Paul Quirk)

SINGAPORE: A man was charged on Saturday (Jan 4) with murdering his wife at a condominium in Buangkok a day before.

Paul Leslie Quirk was given one charge of committing murder at a third-floor unit at Esparina Residences at 12.07pm on Jan 3. 

The 48-year-old man, whose nationality was not revealed in the charge sheet, is accused of causing the death of Christina Khoo Gek Hwa, 43.

Quirk, who was dressed in a red shirt and had his wrists in cuffs, appeared expressionless during the brief proceedings.

Paul Leslie Quirk at the State Courts on Jan 4, 2020
Paul Leslie Quirk at the State Courts on Jan 4, 2020. (Photo: TODAY/Najeer Yusof)

The prosecutor asked for him to be remanded at Changi Prison's medical centre for psychiatric observation.

District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan ordered him to be remanded for three weeks and to return to court on Jan 24.

The police said in a statement on Friday that they had received a call for help at a unit at Esparina Residences condominium past noon.

The body of Ms Christina Khoo is carried out of the building
The body of Ms Christina Khoo is carried out of the building. (Photo: TODAY/Nuria Ling)

Quirk was subsequently arrested. According to his Facebook profile, Quirk is from Australia and previously worked in podiatry.

Based on his LinkedIn profile, Quirk was a senior podiatrist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital between April 2016 and November 2017.

In response to queries from CNA, SingHealth said: "We are aware from recent news reports about this case. As the case is currently being investigated by the police, it is inappropriate for us to comment."

If convicted of murder, Quirk faces the death penalty.

Source: CNA/ll(cy)

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