Third man charged with murder of 20-year-old NSF

Faris Mokhtar

A 27-year-old man has been charged in court on Tuesday morning for the alleged murder of full-time national serviceman Chen Zi Quan, police said.

According to Today newspaper, the man, Poh Chong Heng, was allegedly part of a group of five men who attacked 20-year-old Chen around 6am in the carpark of Central Square mall last Saturday.

When contacted, a police spokesman told Yahoo! Singapore that investigations are ongoing and declined to comment further.

On Monday, two other men, Lee Boon Leong, 22, and Desmond Neo Han Wen, 24, had been charged with the murder of Chen.

The three of them are currently remanded at the Central Police Division for further investigations. Poh is expected to appear in court next Tuesday while both Neo and Lee will appear next Monday. They face the death penalty if found guilty.

The Straits Times had reported that Chen and three friends were heading home when they were attacked by five men. It was unclear whether weapons had been used, and Chen together with his friends left the premise after the fight, it said.

Chen was admitted to hospital and died from head injuries on Sunday, according to ST.

This case comes on the heels of another attack involving a 17-year-old Raffles Institution student, Anand Ravindran, who was stabbed twice in the back at Potong Pasir Avenue 1 last Thursday.

Anand and his companions were accused by three other youths of staring at them. Five teenagers have since been arrested in connection with that attack.