Charge reduced in Sheng Siong kidnap case

Charge reduced in Sheng Siong kidnap case
Heng Chen Boon, above, is accused of abducting Madam Ng Lye Poh (Ng Lai Poh) on January, 8 2014.

SINGAPORE - One of the two men allegedly involved in kidnapping the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket boss Lim Hock Chee is now facing a reduced charge of abetting the second accused in abducting Madam Ng Lye Poh on Jan 8 last year.

According to The Straits Times, Heng Chen Boon, 51, was originally charged under the Kidnapping Act. He was allegedly the driver of the car in which the 79-year-old woman was being held against her will by Lee Sze Yong. He also kept watch over her between 8.30pm to midnight.

If convicted, the credit card promoter could be jailed for up to 10 years and fined. Lee, 42, an odd-job worker, still faces the kidnapping charge.

According to previous reports, the two men are lovers who have been living together for more than 10 years.

On Jan 8, Madam Ng, 79, was dropped off by her kidnappers along Seletar Aerospace Drive. This is adjacent to engine-maker Rolls Royce's sprawling 154,000sqm Seletar Campus.

After Mr Lim enlisted the help of police, Madam Ng was eventually found at about 12.20am on Thursday, Jan 9, about 12 hours after she was abducted near her home in Hougang Ave 2, about 8km from Seletar camp.

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The kidnapping case is Singapore's first since 2003. Madam Ng Lye Poh, the 79-year-old mother of Sheng Siong chief executive officer Lim Hock Chee, was kidnapped on the morning of Jan 8 after a trip to the market in Hougang. She was found at a bus stop along Seletar Aerospace Drive at about midnight the next day after the $2 million ransom was dropped off.

The cash was recovered in full by the police at the ransom drop-off point after Madam Ng was released.

The two suspects were arrested about an hour later, and the ransom recovered. They were charged under the Kidnapping Act.

candicec@sph.com.sg

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