B.C. judge says undisclosed murder is reason to renege on mansion purchase

B.C. judge says undisclosed murder is reason to renege on mansion purchase
From CTV - March 13, 2018

VANCOUVER -- The former owner of a mansion in Vancouver's exclusive Shaughnessy neighbourhood must repay a $300,000 deposit after the sale of the property fell through because she did not tell the buyer about a suspected gang-related murder of her son-in-law at the front gate of the home.

In a British Columbia Supreme Court decision issued last week, Justice Paul Pearlman says the would-be purchaser of the six-bedroom, 10 bathroom mansion was the victim of a "fraudulent misrepresentation."

Feng Yun Shao backed out of an offer to buy the 9,000-square-foot mansion in 2009, just days after she had agreed to pay about $6.1 million for the property after forwarding the deposit.

Court documents show she was told the 84-year-old owner, Mei Zhen Wang, had moved back to Guangzhou, China, and her daughter, who lived in the house, wanted to move to West Vancouver to be closer to her child's school.

But neither Wang, her daughter Gui Ying Yuan, nor their realtor told Shao about the November 2007 unsolved slaying of Yuan's husband, Raymond Huang, and Pearlman's decision says the death was a factor in the decision to sell.

He has ordered Shao's deposit be returned with interest.

Pearlman also dismissed Wang's claim that Shao breached the contract and owes, not just the deposit, but a further $338,000 to cover the difference between Shao's offer and the $5.5 million eventually paid by another purchaser.

Wang was living in China in 2003 when the judgment shows she forwarded funds to her daughter to buy the mansion, and then joined Yuan, Huang and their children in 2004.

The extended family was living in the home in 2007 when Huang was fatally shot by an unknown assailant.

Wang returned to China later that year but Yuan, her children and a sister continued to live at the home until June or July of 2008.


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