Serial killer's conviction upheld

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A Surrey serial killer who dumped the body of one of his four victims in a hockey duffel bag submerged in the water next to the north end of the George Massey Tunnel in 2004, has had his appeal rejected by the Court of Appeal for B.C.

Charles Eli Kembo was convicted in B.C. Supreme Court in 2010 of the murders of his wife, Margaret Kembo, his business partner, Ardon Samuel, his female friend and sometime lover Sui Yin Ma, and his step-daughter Rita Yeung.

Ma's body was found stuffed in a submerged hockey bag purchased at a Richmond retailer.

In a decision released Thursday, Justice John E. Hall, Justice Edward C. Chiasson, and Madam Justice Kathryn E. Neilson were unanimous in rejecting the appeal.

Kembo's lawyer argued the B.C. Supreme Court trial judge erred by admitting prejudicial portions of a police statement, misstating evidence and failing to properly instruct the jury.

But the three Court of Appeal judges rejected those arguments.

The bodies of Samuel, Ma and Yeung were found shortly after their respective deaths, but the body of Margaret Kembo has never been found.

The Crown linked Charles Kembo to all four victims and noted that Kembo stood to benefit financially from all of their deaths.

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