Man charged with murder of fellow foreign worker

Man charged with murder of fellow foreign worker

Father of two suffers head fracture and dies in hospital.

A 39-year-old Bangladeshi national was charged in court yesterday with the murder of a fellow construction worker.

Shagar, who has only one name, and two others were originally charged earlier this month with voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Chinese national Liu Chunhua with a wooden plank.

The charge against Shagar was amended to murder after Mr Liu, 37, who suffered a head fracture, died in Tan Tock Seng Hospital on Monday afternoon.

The incident took place between 10am and 10.30am on Aug 7, at 10 Lorong Limau, near Whampoa Community Club.

Shagar is accused of having committed murder by causing Mr Liu's death.

The other two men, also construction workers from Bangladesh, are Shahin Santu Afrad, 40, and Kabir Mohammad Firoj, 22.

The charge against each of them remains that of voluntarily causing grievous hurt with dangerous means.

According to a report on Tuesday in Chinese newspaper Shin Min Daily News, Mr Liu came to Singapore to work in 2004. He had a 36-year-old wife and two children aged 15 and five in China, the report said.

His younger sister told the paper he was the sole breadwinner in a family of six, which included his 68-year-old father and 59-year-old mother.

The report said Mr Liu would call home three times every day, and that he had called once that fateful day.

The family assumed he was busy when he failed to call at lunch or dinner time, but grew worried the next day when they had still not heard from him. His sister then received a call from his employer, who told her he had been hospitalised, the report said.

The sister said several relatives arrived in Singapore last week to visit Mr Liu in hospital.

Shagar faces the death penalty if convicted of murder.

The respective cases against the three accused will next be heard in court on Sept 11.

pohian@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on Aug 22, 2014.
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