SINGAPORE, Jan 15 — A 27-year-old man who discarded a blood-stained T-shirt left behind by the alleged assassin within the high-profile Orchard Towers brawl was right now jailed 5 months and fined S$1,000 (RM3.045). Lavatory Boon Chong is the fifth particular person to be handled in court docket over the dying of 31-year-old Satheesh Noel Gobidass on July 2, 2019.
Lavatory was current in the course of the altercation that left Gobidass lifeless, however didn’t be part of the assault. He not solely agreed to let Tan Sen Yang, who stands accused of homicide, bathe at his house. Lavatory additionally gave the person a contemporary T-shirt and threw the blood-stained one down his housing block’s widespread garbage chute after Tan left.
Tan is accused of carrying a foldable karambit — a small curved knife resembling a claw — on the Naughty Woman Membership in Orchard Towers that morning in 2019. The 28-year-old is the one one who nonetheless faces a capital homicide cost and his case is pending. Seven people had been initially accused of homicide, however all of them — besides Tan — had their prices lowered later.
Three have been put behind bars. The fourth, Chan Jia Xing, 27, was given a year-long conditional warning in October final yr. This implies he should stay crime-free for 12 months, or he may be prosecuted for the unique crime. Lavatory, a bartender, pleaded responsible final month to at least one cost of obstruction of justice by discarding Tan’s blood-stained T-shirt after the alleged homicide. He additionally admitted to an unrelated cost of playing in public.
District Decide Ng Cheng Thiam thought-about a 3rd cost of consorting with Tan when sentencing Lavatory. The decide agreed with a lot of the prosecution’s submissions. Prosecutors known as for an extended jail time period of six months for the obstruction cost, whereas Lavatory’s lawyer Diana Ngiam sought two months’ jail. District Decide Ng famous that Lavatory had been in remand for a brief interval earlier than being launched on bail and that he had surrendered himself to the police that night.
On July 2, 2019, Satheesh confronted the group over an earlier argument outdoors the nightclub. In the course of the confrontation, Tan swung his knife at everybody gathered on the entrance, slashing a safety officer on the finger and one other man on the face. He then allegedly slashed Satheesh with the knife across the decrease jaw and neck. Video footage of the incident later went viral on social media. Lavatory noticed Satheesh, whose face was bleeding, stroll just a few steps earlier than collapsing.
Figuring out the sufferer had been grievously damage, Lavatory ran out of Orchard Towers and boarded a cab with Tan Hong Sheng, one of many six who had their homicide prices lowered. Lavatory finally agreed to permit Tan Sen Yang into his house to bathe, and the pair took one other cab to Lavatory’s house. There, Lavatory seen a patch of blood on the person’s white T-shirt and gave him a clear T-shirt.
After Tan Sen Yang left, Lavatory checked his house to make sure that the person had not left the karambit there. He then noticed the blood-stained T-shirt in his bed room. Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP) Dora Tay mentioned that Lavatory disposed of the T-shirt with the intention of obstructing the course of justice by stopping the police from discovering it in his flat. He was additionally attempting to keep away from being implicated in Tan’s offence.
Later that day, Lavatory and Tan Hong Sheng surrendered themselves on the Police Cantonment Complicated alongside New Bridge Highway. Momentary lapse of judgement In mitigation, Ngiam mentioned that Lavatory was “considerably scared and shocked” by the occasions and didn’t know how you can deny Tan Sen Yang’s request to have a bathe at his house.” He was a 25-year-old boy, non-violent, who had simply witnessed one thing very violent,” the lawyer mentioned, including that her shopper didn’t plan to discard the T-shirt
“He absolutely accepts it was a unsuitable, momentary lapse of judgement on his half. He accepts jail time is important, however I urge Your Honour to be honest to this accused.” As for the blood-stained T-shirt, Ngiam urged District Decide Ng to contemplate its worth towards “a myriad of different proof accessible”. She mentioned that it was not essential for the authorities to have it to find out that Tan Sen Yang allegedly slashed Gobidass.
In response, DPP Ang Feng Qian mentioned that Lavatory had consciously determined to search for proof with the intention of eliminating it, after strolling round his flat to verify if Tan Sen Yang left the karambit there. For obstruction of justice, Lavatory may have been imprisoned for as much as seven years or fined, or punished with each.
As for playing in public, he may have been jailed as much as six months or fined as much as S$5,000, or obtained each penalties. — TODAY