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SINGAPORE — Two National Servicemen have been fined in a military court for their roles in the events that led to the death of NSMan and actor Aloysius Pang, according to media reports on Tuesday (19 November).
Military Expert 2 (ME2) Ivan Teo Gee Siang, 35, was fined $7,000. The regular technician will be detained for 35 days if he does not pay his fine.
Third Sergeant (NS) Hubert Wah Yun Teng, 31, was fined $8,000 and demoted from Third Sergeant to Corporal. The gun commander will be detained for 40 days if he does not pay his fine.
Teo had three charges: one for disobedience of general orders and two for causing death by negligent act. Wah faced one charge for causing death by rash act and another for causing death by negligent act.
Proceedings took place at the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Court Martial Centre at Kranji Camp II. The military court martial is presided over by a serving State Courts judge.
The court martial panel comprised the judge, Lieutenant-Colonel (NS) Shawn Ho Hsi Ming, and panel members Major Quak Lin Hian and Major Ong Zi Jun.
Pang, an armament technician from the 268th Battalion Singapore Artillery, was participating in a live-firing exercise in New Zealand on 19 January, when he suffered the crush injuries that eventually led to his death.
The 28-year-old had been carrying out maintenance work on a self-propelled howitzer (SSPH). He was trapped between the flick rammer and the slew ring of the SSPH turret, and suffered severe chest and abdominal injuries.
Both Teo and Wah were in the SSPH cabin with Pang during the incident. The latter died four days later.