- Posted June 6, 2014 by
Melbourne Woman Hammers Daughter-In-Law to Death
A Melbourne woman has been found guilty of murder, after killing her daughter-in-law with a hammer, striking her 33 times.
The 50 year-old Huajiao Zhuang wept dramatically when the Victorian Supreme Court jury found her guilty of murdering her 21-year-old Dan “Selina” Lin, her son’s wife, in 2012. She claimed that she was acting in self-defence.
During the trial, it was revealed that Zhuang continually argued with Lin over lack of respect she paid her as a daughter-in-law.
Zhuang was expecting to live with her son and daughter-in-law, as is customary in Chinese culture. Because Lin did not allow for this, Zhuang felt that she did not have enough time with her grandson or family. She blamed her absence from her son’s and grandson’s lives on Lin.
During testimony prosecutor Peter Kidd revealed that Zhuang had plans for her son to marry a woman from China. She wanted him to divorce Lin, so that he could marry a woman from China and earn “hundreds of thousands of dollars” from the family, because of his permanent residency status in Australia.
Mr Kidd also referred to a conversation Zhuang had with her grandson, asking him, “how would you like to change your mother?"
In May of 2012, Mr Kidd described how Zhuang traveled from Reservoir, where she stays, to Bundoora, where Lin lives, and beat Lin with a hammer 33 times.
She then put Lin’s body in a nylon bag, placed it in a bin on wheels, and returned later that night to dump the body in a creek close by.
When questioned by the police after the body was discovered, Zhuang explained that she and Lin had an argument, incited over the topic of her grandson’s bath water.
The defence presented the case as if Zhuang acted in self-defence, claiming Lin started the altercation and brought out the hammer.
Mr Kidd countered describing Lin as too tiny to attach Zhuang.
"She [Ms Lin] was tiny [weighing 44 kilograms and 160 centimetres tall]. This tiny girl looking after her child and she's a threat - she's posing a threat? We know she was no physical threat," he said.
Considering the evidence and presentations from both sides, the jury still found Zhuang guilty of murder on Thursday.
After a loud display of grief in the courtroom, Zhuang had to be escorted out.
Sentencing submissions will be heard by Justice Stephen K