Chin woman arrested over stabbing husband to death in USA
02 March 2013: A Chin woman has been taken into police custody for ‘fatally stabbing’ her Chin husband in Kansas City of Missouri State in the morning on 28 February 2013.
Mrs Tin Cin, 37, is accused of killing husband Van Kung, 48, and charged with first-degree murder by Wyandotte Country prosecutors, according to the Kansas City Star.
Pu Van Kung, aka Siang Ling, an assistant pastor of the Kansas Chin Baptist Church (KCBC), was found in their apartment with multiple stab wounds on Thursday morning.
The incident was believed to have taken place around 5am in the morning, according to Chin pastor Phun Sang Mang.
“Mrs Tin Cin made a call to our church chairman around 5:15am, who then informed me of the situation. By the time I got to their house, the police had cordoned off and I was not even allowed to enter the building,” said Pastor Phun Sang Mang.
Over the phone with the church chairman, Mrs Tin Cin was quoted as saying that she stabbed her husband dead over an argument.
It is claimed that Pu Siang Ling, who has been in the US for 11 years, and wife Pi Tin Cin, who arrived six years ago, both refugees from Burma, had an argument about three times in the past.
In a CCN (Chin Cable Network Channel) interview, Annie Bawilen Kim, daughter of Pu Siang Ling, who is studying in a different city, said she was told that her parents had an argument, adding: “I don’t know what really happened.”
Annie Bawilen Kim, Pu Siang Ling’s daughter from his previous marriage, said her father was picking up her stepmother at work in the morning.
Mrs Tin Cin works from 5pm till 3am at night and gets home around 5am in the morning, according to sources close to the Chin family.
As of today, details about the reason why Pi Tin Cin knifed her husband to death remain unknown.
Pu Siang Ling and Pi Tin Cin, both originally from Zaangtlang village of Thantlang Township, Chin State, Burma, do not have children of their own.
A funeral service for Pastor Siang Ling will be held at Highland Park Cemetery after a church service at the First Baptist Church at 12noon on Monday 4 March.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang