Saturday, November 20, 2010

3 more charged with Downtown East murder

By Shaffiq Alkhatib | Posted: 19 November 2010 1653 hrs

SINGAPORE: Three more youths have been charged on Friday in court with the recent Downtown East murder.

They are Chong Rui Hong and Ng Wei Lun, both 18 years old and 20-year-old Jason Chew Wei Beng.

Together with at least seven other young men aged between 16 and 21 years old, it's believed the three were part of an unlawful assembly that attacked Darren Ng Wei Jie between 5.30pm and 6pm on October 30.

The 19-year-old Republic Polytechnic student, who was reportedly hacked with choppers, died in Changi General Hospital about five hours later.

The three young men who appeared in court earlier, looked nervous before the judge.

None of their friends and family members was present in the courtroom.

The three will be remanded at the Central Police Division and will be back in court next Friday.

Court papers also revealed the names of two other alleged accomplices.

They are 19-year-old Stillwell Ong Keat Pin and 18-year-old Ho Wei Quan.

MediaCorp understands that they haven't been charged yet.

Besides the three, five other youths have already been charged with the murder.

If convicted of the crime, the eight youths will face the death penalty.


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