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Killer wife smirks after guilty verdict

By Sam Pazzano, Toronto Sun

Xiu Jin Teng and husband Dong Huang are seen in a photo shown to court.

Xiu Jin Teng and husband Dong Huang are seen in a photo shown to court.

TORONTO - 

Murderer Xiu Jin Teng smiled and smirked as she was led away in handcuffs Wednesday to start her life sentence for the strangulation death of her husband, Dong Huang.

Justice came swiftly, as the jury deliberated only five hours before convicting Teng, 41, of first-degree murder.

The conviction carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no parole for 25 years.

“The jury reached the only decision it could reasonably reach based on the overwhelming evidence mounted against Ms. Teng that she executed the planned, deliberate murder,” Crown attorney Joshua Levy said.

Court heard Teng strangled Huang, 40, in February 2012, after binding his wrists and ankles, striking him twice on the head and giving him a sedative.

She bleached his corpse, wrapped him up and kept him in a cold storage room in their Scarborough basement apartment with the windows open.

The Crown contended the motive for the murder was greed as Teng had purchased insurance policies worth almost $2 million on her husband’s life a few months before the murder.

She had bought materials capable of transporting, chilling and dumping the body two days before her landlords discovered Huang’s corpse on Feb. 29, 2012.

On Friday, Justice Ian MacDonnell will formerly pass sentence on Teng, who — after already spending five years in custody — will become eligible for parole in February 2037.

The passing of sentence was delayed until Friday so Huang’s brother could provide a victim impact statement.

Teng’s execution of her spouse had some similarities to the notorious Milkshake Murder — another spouse slaying — in Hong Kong. Teng and her husband emigrated from Hong Kong in 2010.

Nancy Kissel was convicted of murder in two different trials stemming from the Nov. 2, 2003 killing of her investment banker husband, Robert, in their apartment.

It was dubbed the “Milkshake Murder” because Kissel incapacitated her husband by serving him a strawberry milkshake laden with sedatives before bludgeoning him to death.

Kissel stored her husband’s corpse in a carpet and let it rot in their apartment for several days before she asked a janitor to remove it.

Teng took steps to avoid Kissel’s errors by bleaching her husband’s body, covering him in Saran wrap and chilling his corpse inside the cold storage room.

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