Ninth Youth Charged With Downtown East Murder

1 Dec

SINGAPORE: A ninth young man has been charged with the Downtown East murder that took place on October 30.

18-year-old Ho Wei Quan is accused of being part of an unlawful assembly that attacked and killed 19-year-old Darren Ng Wei Jie between 5.30pm and 6pm at the entertainment complex.

Darren, a Republic Polytechnic student died some five hours later at Changi General Hospital.

Ho, who was wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt and sports dyed-brown hair, was expressionless as he appeared before the judge.

More than ten of his friends and family members were spotted sitting in the gallery.

The eight other youths who have already been charged with the murder are between 16 and 21 years old.

They include 19-year-old Chen Wei Zhen and 21-year-old Tang Jia Min, both full-time national servicemen as well as 16-year-old student, Louis Tong Qing Yao.

Court papers reveal the name of another alleged accomplice, 19-year-old Stillwell Ong Keat Pin who is believed to be still at large.

Ho will be back in court on December 8.

If convicted of murder, the young men will face the death penalty.

-CNA/ac

Channel News Asia

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