THE daughter of a woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Perth’s Swan River has cried while testifying that her father confessed to killing his former wife with a cast iron paperweight.
Tiffany Yiting Wan, 25, and her father Ah Ping Ban, 65, are on trial in the West Australian Supreme Court accused of murdering 58-year-old Annabelle Chen in 2016.
Ms Chen was allegedly bashed to death at her Mosman Park home, in Perth’s affluent western suburbs, then her body was stuffed into a suitcase and dumped in the river in East Fremantle.
Ban and Wan both blame each other for the murder and claim they were the accessory.
Wan testified on Monday that she heard her mother scream and a “loud metallic thud” sound.
She said her father drove her to a pizza shop afterwards and left her there for a few hours.
The next day, Wan’s father allegedly told her he did not mean to kill his former partner.
“He said that it was an accident,” Wan said.
“I didn’t like that word. I didn’t believe it was an accident.
“I believed it was unintentional but not an accident.”
She said her father had talked about confessing to police but it never happened.
Wan also told the court her father had some business associates who were chasing him for $70,000.
She said Ban admitted he had asked Ms Chen for money but her mother had “refused to help” him.
“He felt that they came from the money that my parents had made together when they were together.”
At one point, Ban allegedly said to Ms Chen: “Do you actually want me to die?”
Wan said she was angry that her father was “so obsessed with money” but she later gave him a total of $138,000.
Wan, who was emotional and held back tears during her testimony, cried when she admitted sending her mother messages after she knew her mother was dead.
“I didn’t get to talk to her before she passed away and I guess I had trouble accepting the whole thing.”
Wan also admitted lying in her police statement, but claimed it was because her father said they had to keep their stories straight.
Asked directly by her defence counsel Simon Freitag if she killed her mother, Wan replied: “No, I loved my mother.”
Wan denied under cross-examination that she had created a litany of lies.
She said she did not call police or run to a neighbour after the alleged murder because she was panicked and scared.
“I didn’t know enough about the situation to react to it properly.”
Wan claimed she believed her father was going to get advice from a lawyer friend, then go to the police.
“He did say that he will resolve it.”
Ban previously testified that Ms Chen was already dead when he arrived in Perth from Singapore and he only helped his daughter dispose of the body.