Doctor in Hong Kong accused of killing family with gas-filled yoga ball

Doctor in Hong Kong accused of killing family with gas-filled yoga ball

A Malaysian doctor has been accused of filling a yoga ball with carbon monoxide gas which gradually leaked from the exercise equipment, poisoning his wife and child to death.

Khaw Kim-sun allegedly left the ball in the trunk of a Mini Cooper his wife, Wong Siew-fung, was driving in May 2015, the South China Morning Post and BBC reported.

It was not raining that day in 2015, but the windshield wipers were scraping against the glass; a passerby later said it appeared that Wong Siew-fung and her 16-year-old daughter had fallen asleep inside the vehicle. The South China Morning Post reported a jogger found the bodies in the parked vehicle.

They were certified dead at the same hospital where Khaw worked and a post-mortem revealed they had died from inhaling carbon monoxide.

Police investigators found a deflated yoga ball, whose opening was not securely plugged, in the boot of the auto.

Police found a deflated yoga ball in the back of the vehicle and eventually charged Khaw with two counts of murder, to which he pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors said it was likely that Khaw had not meant to kill his daughter.

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While eyewitnesses at Hong Kong's Chinese University said Khaw claimed he was using the gas for an experiment, he later told police that he needed carbon monoxide to deal with a rat problem at home.

He later changed that story and told police he wanted the carbon monoxide to kill rats at his house, though a worker at his home said rats weren't an issue there.

At certain levels, the CDC said, it can be poisonous to people, causing headaches, dizziness, confusion and, ultimately, death.

The court heard that in a police interview, Khaw said he urged his younger daughter to stay at home and finish her homework on the day of the deaths, according to Apple Daily.

The newspaper reported that at one point, Khaw even suggested that his daughter may have tried to use the gas in the balls to commit suicide.

"It is simply not true", Bruce told the court, according to the newspaper.

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