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Updated: 05/02/2013 20:08 | By Channel NewsAsia

Son told me to take daughter's name out from tenancy: Widow

Son told me to take daughter's name out from tenancy: Widow

Son told me to take daughter's name out from tenancy: Widow

SINGAPORE: The widow locked in a legal tussle with her two daughters over the ownership of an HDB flat in Clementi said Thursday that her eldest son, Eric Goh Wai Mun, had told her to remove her daughters' names from the tenancy of the flat.

This was revealed as the cross-examination of Mdm Eileen Chia Yoke Mui continued into its fourth day.

Mdm Chia is locked in a family dispute with her two daughters - 62-year-old Yvonne Goh Mei Ling and 52-year-old Yvette Goh Meich'ang - who are denying that they had coerced and misled their mother into making them joint tenants of the five-room HDB flat.

Their lawyer, Alfred Dodwell, also sought to show on Thursday that their brothers - 69-year-old Eric Goh and 65-year-old Evan Goh Wyming - had a vested interest in the flat as well as a hand in the family fall-out.

According to court documents, there was a family meeting in December 2011 to discuss the continuing care of Mdm Chia and her late husband.

The focus of the meeting however shifted to the issue of the flat.

Both daughters had claimed that their brothers were hostile and threatening, and had demanded for their names to be removed from the deeds.

Ms Yvonne Goh, in an earlier statement, claimed that her elder brother, Mr Eric Goh, had also called her a "cheat, liar and thief" during the meeting.

When questioned by Mr Dodwell if this transgression had taken place, Mdm Chia confirmed this.

She said that her son was agitated "so he threw his temper".

The daughters had also claimed that their brothers had plans to sell the flat and move their parents into a much smaller flat.

However Mdm Chia repeatedly mentioned at various points in the trial that her sons had no interest in the flat.

She also insisted that there was no favouritism amongst her children.

The trial continues.  - CNA/jc

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