Vancouver man who killed ex-wife felt ‘slighted’ by Valentine’s Day rejection: court 0
Jenny Le Wong was shot to death in Vancouver on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2012. (PHOTO FROM FACEBOOK)
A Vancouver man who shot and killed his ex-wife on Valentine’s Day, and then tried to shoot her new lover, did so because he felt “slighted” that the mother of his two children had rejected his rose, according to the provincial Crown.
Prosecutor Elliot Poll told the B.C. Supreme Court “Andy” Long Phi Nguyen should serve life with no parole eligibility for 15 years for the 2012 east Vancouver shooting.
His ex-wife Jenny Wong, a real estate agent, was shot in the head. Nguyen then turned the gun to her new partner Kevin Lam — who had been grazed by the first bullet — but it jammed. As he tried to clear the gun, court heard, Nguyen — who pleaded guilty earlier this year — was tackled to the ground and held until police arrived.
“The offender committed this offence while his son (about four years old) … was nearby and in a position to see his father shoot and kill his mother,” Poll said.
“She was (at home) unengaged and working on her computer with her partner by her side … not on guard for her (ex) spouse to come into her residence with a gun and kill her.”
The court was told that Nguyen had earlier tried to deliver a rose to the East Georgia home on one of his daily visits to see the kids. He was rejected and came back with a gun after taking a large amount of cocaine, the Crown said.
Defence counsel Kevin Westell said his client felt he, as the “father figure” in the home, was replaced after the separation despite near-daily visits.
Wong and Nguyen had been together since they were teens. But when Nguyen suffered a brain injury in 2009 from ecstasy use — disabling his physical movement — he was no longer able to work and Wong had to take on two jobs.
“It became evident after 2010 there was not going to be a complete recovery,” Westell said. “That was the breaking point of the marriage.”
Not long after, Wong met another man, who eventually moved in with her and the kids at her parents’ home, where Nguyen had lived during the marriage.
Westall is seeking parole ineligibility of 12 years for his client, who stood up in court Wednesday and told the judge, “I totally regret and (am) sincerely apologetic. Anything that you hand out to me would be greatly appreciated.”
The judge has reserved his decision to a later date.