Headless body trial: London woman found guilty of murdering M’sian-born Chong Mee Kuen
PETALING JAYA: A 38-year-old woman has been found guilty in London of murdering Malaysian-born Chong Mee Kuen and decapitating her.
Jemma Mitchell killed Chong at the 67-year-old’s north-west London home in June last year, before stuffing her body into a suitcase and dumping it in Devon, reported the BBC.
Chong’s headless remains were found by holidaymakers in Salcombe, 321km from her home in Wembley.
Police then found her skull a few metres from the body.
The sensational “headless body trial” at the Old Bailey heard that Chong, who was also known as Deborah, had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was struggling with mental health issues.
The jury heard that she met her killer through a church group, with Mitchell acting as a “spiritual healer”.
Chong had earlier offered to invest over RM1mil to renovate Mitchell’s dilapidated property but changed her mind.
After the deceased vanished, Mitchell made a false report to a missing persons charity and sent a WhatsApp message to Chong’s lodger saying she had gone to spend time with her family.
Mitchell then reportedly faked a will, naming herself and her mother as the beneficiaries of Chong’s estate, valued at about RM3.9mil.
A radiologist who examined Chong’s injuries told the court it was likely she had been hit over the head with a weapon.
Mitchell was charged with murdering Chong in July last year.
The jury, which deliberated for eight hours, found Mitchell guilty and she will be sentenced on Thursday (Oct 27).
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