Malaysian charged with robbery

Malaysian charged with robbery
Annadurai Raman, 42, has been remanded as he is believed to have been involved in other similar cases.

A Malaysian has been charged over the brazen robbery of a money changer in Aljunied.

Annadurai Raman, 42, was yesterday charged with robbery for the incident that took place at around 1am last Wednesday at the carpark of Block 110 Aljunied Crescent.

Money changer Ali Yousouf Saiboo, 35, and his three-year-old son were in his car in the carpark when five men wearing ski masks arrived in a car.

Three of them alighted and took more than $600,000 in cash from Mr Ali's vehicle.

Yesterday, Annadurai, a Singapore permanent resident, was accused of robbing Mr Ali of United States currency amounting to $210,000 (S$271,000), as well as Saudi Arabia and Brunei currencies, among other items.

At least one man involved in the robbery was armed with "a deadly weapon" and a crowbar, and caused hurt to Mr Ali by kicking him in the abdomen, said the court papers.

Wearing a white and blue striped T-shirt and jeans, Annadurai looked emotionless as the charge was read out to him in Tamil by an interpreter yesterday.

He has been remanded as the police prosecutor said he is believed to have been involved in other similar cases.

The next mention of the case will take place on Nov 14.

The penalty for robbery between 7pm and 7am is a jail term of between three and 14 years, and at least 12 strokes of the cane.

This article was first published on November 9, 2014.
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