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Judicial CP - February 1997
The New Paper, Singapore, 13 February 1997
The New Paper, Singapore, 14 February 1997
The Straits Times, Singapore, 18 February 1997
4 China gang members get jail and cane for kidnap, robbery
By Tan Ooi Boon
FOUR members of a crime syndicate from China were each sentenced to 20 years' jail and 24 strokes of the cane yesterday for kidnapping and robbing two other China nationals who were working in Singapore.
The culprits could have each been jailed 40 years by the High Court, because they were sentenced to 10 years and 12 strokes on each of the four counts of offences they had pleaded guilty to.
But Justice S. Sinnathuray said he would show mercy by making them serve two of their jail sentences concurrently.
The men will also receive a total of 24 strokes each as this is the maximum the law allows.
Justice Sinnathuray told the accused that the offences they committed were all very serious.
He said: "You are very fortunate because the Deputy Public Prosecutor has not prosecuted you under the Kidnapping Act which carries the death penalty." The men were charged under the Penal Code.
Yesterday, Deputy Public Prosecutor Lim Pek Bur told the court that the four men -- Yu Xiao Ping, 23, Shi Long Hua, 23, Tang Guo Ling, 20, and Yu Feng, 19 -- arrived in Singapore between February and May last year. They then plotted with two other men, Ma Cher and Liu Wanfu, to kidnap and rob Chinese nationals working here.
On July 30 that year, they picked Mr Lin Hong Fa, 34, a construction worker, as their target. They ambushed him at his flat in Block 510, Bedok North Street 3, as he was returning home at night.
The culprits forced their way in and tied him up. Later, when Mr Lin's flatmate returned, he too was ambushed.
Apart from robbing them of about $4,000 in cash and valuables, the kidnappers also demanded a ransom.
The victims offered about $10,000, but their captors wanted more and assaulted them continuously until they agreed to pay $50,000.
The kidnappers later also held up two more of Mr Lin's flatmates -- Mr Chen Qing Ping and his wife, when they returned home later that night.
They then moved Mr Lin and Mr Chen to separate locations and held them captive there; they released the other two so they could go and raise the money.
But the two who were released went to the police. That night, Mr Lin also managed to escape when two of his captors fell asleep.
He, too contacted the police, with the help of a member of the public.
The next day, police nabbed two of the culprits when they turned up at the Novena MRT station to collect the ransom money.
Luck also ran out for the other two gang members that day, because they were caught by a group of workers in an unrelated incident.
The workers had chased them after they were seen loitering near an uncompleted women's toilet at a construction site in Tuas. They also freed Mr Chen who was being held in the toilet.
Later, when police raided the kidnappers' flat in Jurong West, they found their accomplice, Liu Wanfu, dead.
Liu had apparently stabbed himself on the thigh to atone for falling asleep on the job. But, police said, he cut his artery accidentally and bled to death.
The last kidnapper, Ma Cher, is still at large and is wanted by police.
The Straits Times, Singapore, 25 February 1997
Jail for 3 who spiked friends' drinks and stole from them
FIVE men spiked the drinks of two friends and then stole jewellery and cash worth more than $3,400 from them.
Yesterday, Gursev Singh Toor, 21, Sivasarvanan Suppiah Murugan, 20, and Thirumaran Arulchalvan, 19, were each sentenced in court to four years' jail and 10 strokes of the cane.
They were convicted on two charges each of theft with preparation, and another two charges each for consuming controlled drugs.
The court heard that, just after midnight on Dec 12 last year, Sivasarvanan met a relative, Chellappan Ponnusamy, 25, and his friend Ravichandran Kulandi, 26, at the Indra pub in Syed Alwi Road.
Sivasarvanan was there with Gursev, Thirumaran and two other accomplices who will be dealt with by the court at a later date.
The two victims were then invited for drinks at the footpath between the Singapore Indian Association and Singapore Chinese Sports Club along Balestier Road.
Gursev and the second victim, Mr Ravichandran, left to buy liquor, while one of the two accomplices went to get "stupefying drugs" to use on their prey.
They met an hour later and Thirumaran placed a few drops of the drug into the drinks of the two victims, who subsequently lost consciousness.
The five accomplices then stole the two men's identity and bank cards, jewellery and cash amounting to $3,460.
Later that day, Gursev, Sivasarvanan and Thirumaran pawned some of the stolen jewellery for a total of $2,150 in cash. They spent the money on drinks and entertainment with their two accomplices.
Gursev, Sivasarvanan and Thirumaran were arrested 12 days later on Dec 24 at a flat in Block 625, Hougang Avenue 8.
There, the police found a packet which turned out to contain cannabis. Tests showed that the three men had consumed the drug.
Gursev and Sivasarvanan have six and two previous convictions for theft, respectively, while Thirumaran has been charged with robbery with hurt before.
They could have been jailed for up to 10 years on each charge of theft with preparation.
For consuming controlled drugs, the maximum sentence is 10 years' jail and a fine of $20,000.
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