A woman accused of murdering her mother, whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in Perth’s Swan River, has cried in court while listening to evidence about the victim’s injuries.
Tiffany Yiting Wan, 25, and her father Ah Ping Ban, 65, are on trial in the West n Supreme Court accused of murdering 58-year-old Annabelle Chen in 2016.
Ms Chen was allegedly bashed to death at her Mosman Park home, in Perth’s affluent western suburbs, then her body was stuffed into a suitcase and dumped in the river in East Fremantle.
Wan wept on Tuesday as the court was shown x-ray images of her mother’s injuries.
Forensic radiologist Dr Chris O’Donnell testified that Ms Chen suffered an “extreme force” that fractured her skull, as well as severe force that injured her ribs and hand.
Wan used tissues to wipe away her years, then kept her head down during most of the proceedings.
Ban did not express any emotion.
One of the fishermen who found Ms Chen’s body floating in the river on July 2, Alex Sambell, testified that he spotted a foot poking out of the suitcase when his friend gave it a shake.
Mr Sambell, 23, said he could also smell a strong odour coming from the suitcase and when they realised there was a body inside, they rushed it to the water police.
“I was going as fast as my little boat could go,” he said.
Ban and Wan both blame each other for the murder and claim they were the accessory.
Prosecutor Justin Whalley previously said there was no motive established in the circumstantial case and it was not exactly known when an intention to murder Ms Chen was formed or who played each role in the crime.
But he said Ban and Wan acted together and then lied in an attempt to cover up their involvement in Ms Chen’s death.
The trial continues.