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Yeap Cheah Neo v. Ong Cheng Neo, 1875

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Yeap Cheah Neo v. Ong Cheng Neo

Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
28 July 1875
Source: The Times, 29 July, 1875

\LAW REPORT.
JUDICIAL COMMITTEE OF THE PRIVY COUNCIL, July 28.
(Present - Sir James Colville, Sir Barnes Peacock, Sir Montague Smith, and Sir Henry Keating.)
YEAP CHEAH NEO AND OTHERS v. ONG CHENG NEO AND OTHERS.
  This was an appeal from a decree in Equity of the Supreme Court of the Straits Settlements in its Division of Penang under date of the 24th of July, 1872.
  Mr. Hemming, Q.C., and Mr. Raymond were counsel for the appellants; Mr. Fitzjames Stephen, Q.C., and Mr. Cecil H. Russell for the respondents.
  The suit was instituted by the respondents to obtain a declaration by the Supreme Court upon the true construction of various devises and bequests contained in the will of one Oh Yeo Neo, deceased, and for the administration of her real and personal estate. The respondents claimed that they were the only next of kin of the testatrix, and as such were entitled to a moiety of a large portion of the residue of her estate and another portion of her property, in respect of which they alleged that the bequests in her will were bad and void. The appellants, who were also relatives of the testatrix, opposed the claim, alleging that the respondents are illegitimate, and therefore not of kin to the deceased, and that the bequests in question were good. The Supreme Court decided in favour of the respondents. Hence the present appeal.
  Their Lordships, in the result, dismissed the appeal, but without costs.

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