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    Sep 30, 2016

    Murder charge for ex-husband and daughter


    POLICE have charged the daughter and ex-husband of a former Singapore resident whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase with murder, said Australian media.

    Tiffany Wan, 25, and Ban Ah Ping, 68, were charged with the killing of Annabelle Chen, police said in a statement on Wednesday, according to WA News.

    Madam Chen's body was found stuffed inside a suitcase floating in the Swan River on July 2. She was reported missing by another daughter two months after her death, following an extensive public appeal from the police to help identify her.

    The Straits Times understands that Madam Chen received a $15 million divorce settlement in the 1990s when she and Ban, said to be a Singaporean, broke up.

    Police have not confirmed Madam Chen's place of birth but said that the divorced mother spoke Malay, Cantonese, Mandarin and English.

    They said she moved to Australia in 1999 and had been living in Meath Mews, Mosman Park, from 2002.

    It is understood from property records she also went by the names Pei-Wen Ban Chen and Chen Pei-Wen Ban.

    Neighbours said Madam Chen kept to herself, and described her as "Mrs Invisible" to local media.

    Her body was found on July 2, after two fishermen saw a blue suitcase partly submerged in the Swan River.

    For two months, police were unable to identify the body and knew only that she was of Asian origin. It was reported only that she died a violent death.

    One of Madam Chen's daughters, who lives in Melbourne and last saw her in Perth on June 30, became concerned. She flew to Perth and filed a missing person's report, leading to Madam Chen being identified.

    It is believed Madam Chen had three children though none has spoken publicly. Tiffany Wan is believed to be the youngest child.