Singaporean, 50, charged with murder of wife in Newcastle, UK

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County Aparthotel in Newastle, UK. (SCREENSHOT: Google Street View)
County Aparthotel in Newcastle, UK. (SCREENSHOT: Google Street View)

SINGAPORE — A Singaporean man has been charged with the murder of his wife, after the victim was discovered unconscious in a luxury apartment in the British city of Newcastle.

Pek Ying Ling, 51, also from Singapore, was found not breathing by emergency services at the County Aparthotel along Westgate Road on Monday (6 December) afternoon Singapore time, according to British media reports.

Local police had been called over concerns for her welfare. Despite attempts to resuscitate her, Pek was later pronounced dead at the scene, said Northumbria Police in response to queries from Yahoo News Singapore.

Following investigations, Fong Soong Hert, 50, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remanded in custody. He was visiting Newcastle at the time of the incident.

Northumbria Police added that the woman's next of kin are being supported by specialist officers and have asked for privacy.

The couple were reportedly involved in the events industry here, and had been married for more than 27 years.

Fong is due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 7 January.

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