Man on the run finally charged 14 years after painter's death

Man on the run finally charged 14 years after painter's death
Mr Peng Teck Hoe, 32 was stabbed amidst a fight at a Toa Payoh wet market on Feb 21, 2001.

A 70-year-old man who had been on the run for an alleged murder committed in Toa Payoh 14 years ago was finally charged in court yesterday after giving himself up.

Tan Keng Heng is accused of causing the death of 32-year-old painter Peng Teck Hoe at a wet market at Block 127 in Toa Payoh on Feb 21, 2001.

He allegedly committed the offence with Neo Eng Hwee, Eng Bak Siong and two unknown men.

Tan left Singapore before he was charged, and a warrant was issued for his arrest in 2009.

He was brought back to Singapore after surrendering himself in Malaysia a few days ago.

Eng, 61, who had also been on the run, pleaded guilty last year to stabbing Mr Peng in the abdomen two to three times during a fight. He was given seven years' jail.

Neo had earlier been jailed for three years and eight months for similarly causing grievous hurt with a dangerous weapon.

Tan's lawyer Sunil Sudheesan, who is from Quahe Woo and Palmer and the acting president of the Association of Criminal Lawyers of Singapore, successfully asked that the Law Society's "pamphlet of rights" be given to Tan.

The recently released four-page pamphlet helps people better understand their rights in the course of a criminal investigation, search or prosecution.

Tan will be remanded for a week for investigations.

His next court date is May 22.

This article was first published on May 16, 2015.
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