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Duo acquitted of killing meth cook

    An alleged Sydney drug boss and her male associate convicted of murdering a meth cook and his partner have been acquitted and had their convictions quashed.

    Dung Thi Ngoc Ngo and Kevin Ly were jailed for at least 30 years in 2019 after a jury found them guilty of killing Son Thanh Nguyen and his partner Thi Kim Lien Do in 2013.

    Dung Thi Ngo.
    Kevin Ly.

    The pair’s bound bodies were found dumped and wrapped in bedspreads by the side of the road in separate locations in Bankstown and West Hoxton.

    The NSW Court of Appeal on Friday ruled that the jury ought to have entertained a reasonable doubt as to the pair’s guilt.

    Both Ms Ngo and Mr Ly had their convictions overturned and were acquitted.

    During their trial, the court was told Ms Ngo was the head of a drug enterprise that manufactured and sold ice.

    Mr Nguyen worked as a cook for the group.

    The crown argued Ms Ngo became aware of the theft of drugs in from a lab in Canley Vale on April 10, 2013.

    Mr Nguyen cooked ice at the location and Ms Ngo suspected he was the thief.

    The jury was told Mr Nguyen and Ms Do were taken to the house by a group of men – including Mr Ly – and restrained.

    Thi Kim Lien Do.
    Son Thanh Nguyen.

    It was alleged Mr Ly strangled the cook to death with a ligature.

    On appeal, Ms Ngo and Mr Ly argued the guilty verdicts were unreasonable and could not be supported by the evidence.

    They claimed discrepancies between two key witnesses in the crown’s case could have allowed a jury to have entertained “reasonable doubt” about their guilt.

    “None of the independent evidence placed Nguyen or Do at the alleged place the murders occurred on 10 April 2013 or placed Ly at that location on that day,” the appeal judges ruled.

    “That evidence did not demonstrate that Ngo was in a position to direct anyone to harm anyone else.”

    The appeal judges ruled the jury could not have been satisfied one of the key witnesses was an “honest and accurate witness” due to inconsistencies in what he remembered about the deaths and murder weapons used.

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