SINGAPORE — Six servicemen were charged in a military court on Thursday (20 February) in relation to the death of full-time national serviceman Dave Lee.
In response to queries from Yahoo News Singapore, a Ministry of Defence (Mindef) spokesperson said that the Singapore Police Force (SPF) had referred six Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) servicemen to Mindef for investigation into potential breaches of military law surrounding the events that led to Corporal First Class (CFC) Lee’s death.
In addition to the late Captain (CPT) Tan Baoshu, who was given a discharge not amounting to an acquittal due to his advanced cancer prognosis, a total of seven men have been charged over Lee’s demise.
Guardsman Lee, 19, collapsed after a fast march on 18 April 2018 and was hospitalised with heat injuries. He died two weeks after being admitted to Changi General Hospital.
After investigations by the SAF’s Special Investigation Branch, the six servicemen were charged.
First Sergeant (1SG) Chia Zhi Xuan, 25, the conducting officer who made unauthorised deviations to the lesson plan for a training run the day before the fast march, faces one charge for disobedience of general orders under section 21 of the SAF Act.
Second Sergeant (2SG) Koh Ren Zhong, 26, the safety officer for the fast march, faces one charge for negligent act endangering life under section 41(b) of the SAF Act.
Third Sergeant(NS) [3SG(NS)] Chng Pheng Heng, 22; 3SG(NS) Jonas Ang Kai Jie, 24; and 3SG(NS)Yep Ren Jie, 22; the three section commanders who meted out the unauthorised punishment the day before the fast march, will each face three charges.
These consist of two charges for disobedience of general orders under section 21 of the SAF Act, and one charge for abuse of authority under section 29 of the SAF Act.
Corporal(NS) [CPL(NS)] Tan Jin Yang, aged 24, the medic for the fast march, faces two charges for negligent acts endangering life under section 41(b) of the SAF Act.
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