Surrey serial killer loses appeal of convictions

VANCOUVER – Surrey serial killer Charles Eli Kembo has lost an appeal of his four murder convictions.

 

A jury convicted him of four counts of first-degree murder for the killings, committed between 2002 and 2005.

 

Kembo killed his wife Margaret Kembo friends Ardon Samuel and Sui Yin Ma, and his stepdaughter Rita Yeung so he could profit financially from their deaths.

 

His lawyer argued that the trial judge erred in her instructions to the jury, but the appeal court found that not to be the case.

 

"I would not accede to any of the submissions of error advanced on behalf of the appellant and I would dismiss his appeals from conviction on all charges," Justice John Hall found Thursday, with fellow Court of Appeal Justices Edward Chiasson and Kathryn Neilson agreeing.

 

The court heard Samuel was strangled and his genitals were mutilated, Ma was killed by asphyxiation -likely by drowning -and Yeung was strangled. Margaret Kembo’s body has not been found.

 

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