Singaporean man charged with wife’s murder claims he can’t remember what medication he took

A Singaporean man on trial for murdering his wife told a UK court on Monday (Aug 8) he did not know what medication he took on the night she died.

Fong Soong Hert, referred to as Alan Fong, is on trial for murder at Newcastle Crown Court, in the north-east of England.

His wife Pek Ying Ling, known as Evelyn Pek, was found dead in a hotel room in Newcastle, on Dec 6, 2021.

The 51-year-old denies the charges and took the stand for the first time on Monday, a week into the trial.

Proceedings were postponed a few days earlier – on Thursday and Friday – because a lawyer was unwell.

As he was questioned by defence barrister Steven Reed QC, Mr Fong described his 28-year marriage as “wonderful, peaceful” and “very happy”.

On his relationship with his three sons, who have been watching the trial from the public gallery, the defendant called himself a “doting dad”.

Before travelling to Newcastle, Mr Fong had been touring Scotland with Ms Pek when he tripped over a pipe in the dark and fell down a 15m embankment.

He was taken to hospital and prescribed a mix of strong painkillers, including codeine and morphine.

In his evidence, the defendant said a doctor told him that he was “very fortunate he didn’t suffer fatal or serious injuries”.

But he recalled being in severe pain, telling the jury: “l just felt like my whole body is breaking up.”

“I felt like a walking corpse”, he later added.