2 men accused of conspiring to commit murder brought back to an alleged crime scene

2 men accused of conspiring to commit murder brought back to an alleged crime scene

SINGAPORE - Two foreign nationals who were charged last week with abetment by conspiracy with another two men to commit murder were taken by police investigators on Monday morning to a multi-storey carpark at Block 747A, Pasir Ris Street 71.

The duo, Singapore permanent resident Zaw Min Hlaing, 37, and Myanmar national Phyo Min Naing, 31, arrived in an unmarked van at the carpark, an alleged crime scene, at 8am.

They were seen leading investigators to a parking space on the first floor of the multi-story carpark.

According to court documents last week, the two had tasered a 29-year-old Singapore permanent resident the previous Sunday. The intention, according to court documents, was to eventually murder him.

An array of items later recovered by police from a chalet at Aloha Changi were the tools allegedly gathered for the deed. These included a meat mincer, a chainsaw, kitchen knives, a gas cooker, a gas cylinder tank, a tool set, trolley bags, plastic sheets, cable ties, a cleaver, aprons, a chopping board and rubber boots.

Last week, Hlaing and Naing, together with a third man, Myanmar national Yae Wynnt Oaung, 32, were charged in court. A fourth man has fled the country.

The alleged target of the four was Mr Aye Maung Maung Thet, a permanent resident.

On that Sunday evening, he was attacked at the multi-storey carpark at Block 747A, Pasir Ris Street 71 by two of the men who tried to abduct him. A taser was allegedly used on him.

The police said in a statement last Tuesday that a call about an assault in Pasir Ris Street 71 on Sunday night led to the arrest of the three men.

The alleged victim told police that the men had fled when his cries for help attracted the attention of passers-by. Officers ambushed and arrested Hlaing near Balestier Road at about 1pm the following day.

Oaung and Naing were arrested at a chalet at Aloha Changi several hours later.

On Tuesday morning last week, police were alerted to an abandoned vehicle in the basement of Changi Airport Terminal 3. They found a white Mitsubishi multi-purpose vehicle at the carpark, and preliminary investigations suggest it was linked to the case.

Meanwhile, it is said that the fourth man, Win Kyaw Kyaw Aung alias Aung Aung, 29, left Singapore last Tuesday morning. Police are looking for him to help in investigations.

All three who were charged last week indicated that they wished to engage counsel.

If convicted, the trio could be jailed for up to 14 years and fined.

This article was first published on June 29, 2015.
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