Vancouver: Multiple murder trial starts for Charles Kembo, a Malawi refugee accused of four counts of first-degree murder
Multiple murder trial starts in B.C. for refugee.
Canwest News Service
October 12, 2009
VANCOUVER – The trial of Charles Kembo, a 40-year-old Vancouver man accused of four counts of first-degree murder, is set to resume Tuesday in B.C. Supreme Court.
Kembo, originally a refugee from the East African country of Malawi, came to Canada in 1989. He’s accused of killing his wife Margaret Kembo, 44, Siu Yin Ma, 55, his alleged mistress and Rita Yeung, 21 his stepdaughter.
He is also accused of killing Arden Bernard Samuel, 38, a former business partner.
The trial is expected to hear from more than 150 witnesses and last six to eight months.
The case is considered so complex that computer screens have been installed in the courtroom at the Vancouver Law Courts so the jury and the trial judge can follow along with the Crown’s presentation of evidence.
Kembo was arrested in July 2005 in connection with the four slayings. He has been held in custody since his arrest and was denied bail in B.C. Supreme Court last March.
The body of Margaret Kembo, of Richmond, was never found. Yeung was killed days before Kembo’s arrest and her body was found dumped in the Fraser River.
Ma’s body was found stuffed in a hockey bag in a slough near the George Massey Tunnel in November of 2004, and Samuel is believed to have been killed in October of 2003.
Kembo arrived in Canada in 1989.
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