British-trained Hong Kong doctor who murdered his wife and daughter, 16, by poisoning them with yoga ball that leaked carbon monoxide is struck off UK register
- Dr Kim Sun Khaw ‘used his specialist knowledge’ to carry out murders in 2015
- The 54-year-old convicted of two counts of murder and given two life sentences
- Khaw had been registered in UK having qualified at University of London in 1988
A British-trained Hong Kong doctor who murdered his wife and daughter by poisoning them using carbon monoxide has been struck off the UK medical register.
Anaesthetist Dr Kim Sun Khaw, 54, ‘used his specialist knowledge’ to carry out the ‘abhorrent’ murders of his family members in 2015, according to a medical tribunal.
Khaw was convicted of two counts of murder and given two life sentences following his trial at the High Court of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region last year.
He has now been struck off by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) in the UK.
Anaesthetist Dr Kim Sun Khaw, 54, (pictured) ‘used his specialist knowledge’ to carry out the ‘abhorrent’ murders of his family members in 2015, according to a medical tribunal
Khaw killed his 47-year-old wife Wong Siew Fing and their 16-year-old daughter by filling a yoga exercise ball with carbon monoxide, which he sourced from the university where he worked.
He then planted the ball in the boot of his family’s yellow Mini Cooper.
His wife and daughter were later found unconscious in the vehicle that had been parked at a bus stop about an hour after leaving home.
Efforts to revive the pair were unsuccessful and investigators soon discovered the partially deflated yoga ball.
Khaw, who at the time was an associate professor at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong, was also registered in the UK having qualified at the University of London in 1988.
Khaw killed his 47-year-old wife Wong Siew Fing (right) and their 16-year-old daughter (left) by filling a yoga exercise ball with carbon monoxide and leaving it in the family car
Investigators discovered the partially deflated yoga ball in the boot of his family’s yellow Mini Cooper (pictured)
An MPTS tribunal report said: ‘Dr Khaw took the carbon monoxide from the [hospital] where he was employed as an anaesthetist after an experiment was conducted.
‘The tribunal found the seriousness of Dr Khaw’s actions to be exacerbated by his utilising his specialist knowledge as an anaesthetist to conduct the murders.
‘A well-informed member of the public would find Dr Khaw’s actions abhorrent and that his actions would undermine public confidence in the medical profession.
‘He has brought the medical profession into disrepute. Furthermore, Dr Khaw has failed to express any remorse for his actions.’
It was heard during the trial that Khaw, who pretended he took the gas to kill rats, had planned to murder his wife but had not intended to murder his daughter.
It is thought that Khaw had become estranged from his wife and their four children – although they continued to live together while he had an affair with a student.
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