Malaysian charged with armed robbery in Singapore 26 years after crime

Thoo is alleged to have committed the crime in 1989, at a commercial building along Upper Bukit Timah Road on March 2 that year. — Today file picture
Thoo is alleged to have committed the crime in 1989, at a commercial building along Upper Bukit Timah Road on March 2 that year. — Today file picture

SINGAPORE, April 17 — A Malaysian man was charged in court yesterday with armed robbery — 26 years after he committed the crime.

Thoo Ing Lai, 53, who had a warrant of arrest issued on him by the State Courts, was arrested in Malaysia with the help of the Royal Malaysia Police. He was extradited back to Singapore yesterday (April 16), and charged with armed robbery with common intention yesterday.

The case took place in 1989, at a commercial building along Upper Bukit Timah Road on March 2 that year.

In a statement, Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Police (investigations and intelligence) Tan Chye Hee thanked the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) for their support. “The arrest of the suspect would not have been possible without the close collaboration and strong relationship between the SPF (Singapore Police Force) and RMP,” said DDC Tan, who is also director of the Criminal Investigation Department.

He added: “The SPF will spare no efforts to hunt down criminals who commit serious crimes in Singapore and flee our borders thereafter. We will work with our foreign law enforcement partners to bring these fugitives to justice, no matter how long it takes. These fugitives will not escape from the long arm of the law.”

For committing robbery, those convicted can be jailed between two to 10 years, and shall also be punished with at least six strokes of the cane. For armed robbery or attempting to cause grievous hurt while doing so, those convicted can face at least 12 strokes of the cane, in addition to any other punishment for which he may be liable under the Penal Code. — Today

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