A former Australian podiatrist who allegedly murdered his spouse and tossed their pet pooch out the window of their Singapore high-rise could face the death penalty, in line with a brand new report.
Paul Leslie Quirk, 48, was arrested after Christina Khoo Gek Hwa, 43, was discovered useless at their shared Sengkang condominium Friday, Information.com.au reported.
Authorities discovered Khoo unresponsive in the couple’s third-floor apartment once they arrived simply after midnight, the Straits Instances reported. She was pronounced useless on the scene.
A “bloodied white dog” was additionally discovered useless on the pavement exterior the condominium constructing, in line with the report.
It was unclear if the dog was killed earlier than or after Khoo was murdered — however sooner or later, neighbors reported that the pooch was barking, in line with Singapore Uncensored.
Quirk was “expressionless” throughout a quick court docket look the subsequent day, Channel Information Asia reported.
Authorities have but to disclose Khoo’s actual reason behind death pending the results of a autopsy investigation. The motive in the slaying has additionally not but been decided.
Quirk was present process a psychiatric analysis at Changi Jail, in line with the reviews. He’s set to reappear in court docket Jan. 24 and can face the death penalty if convicted.
Australian authorities informed Information.com.au they plan to succeed in out to the physician in jail.
“The Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce is conscious an Australian man has been arrested in Singapore and stands prepared to supply consular help in accordance with the Consular Providers Constitution,” the company informed the outlet in an e-mail.
In a LinkedIn web page that seems to have since been deleted, Quirk says he moved to Singapore from Melbourne in 2016 and labored at Tan Tock Seng Hospital till November of the next yr.
“Armed with greater than 17 years in podiatry, I resolve (sic) to enterprise to Singapore with my ardour in podiatry, hoping to share my expertise and data to the local people,” Quirk wrote, in line with Information.com.au.
Khoo was a director on the Singapore workplace of a US administration consultancy agency, the outlet reported.
The couple lived in the condominium for a number of years, and a baby — whom the couple known as their son on Fb — often stayed with them, the Straits Instances reported.