Shangri-La shooting: Suspect faces fresh charge

Shangri-La shooting: Suspect faces fresh charge
Police officers inspecting the Subaru Impreza that crashed into a concrete barrier near Shangri-La Hotel on May 31. One of the passengers was charged yesterday with abetting the driver to commit a rash act.

A passenger in the car that was shot at after it crashed through security barriers near Shangri-La Hotel was charged yesterday with abetting the driver to commit a rash act.

Muhammad Syahid Mohamed Yasin, 26, is alleged to have shouted "jalan jalan" (Malay for "go, go") to the driver, Mohamad Taufik Zahar alias Ben, 34, causing him to drive in a fast manner towards two police officers.

The red Subaru Impreza crashed into a concrete barrier near police officers Mohamad Zahid Suhaimi and See Toa Chew Yin at around 4.15am along Ardmore Park on May 31.

The car, which had a single bullet hole in the front windscreen, came to a stop on a grass patch barely 250m from the hotel entrance. Taufik died on the spot.

The area around the hotel had been placed under a tight security net as it was hosting the Shangri- La Dialogue, a major security summit attended by defence ministers and security chiefs.

Syahid and co-accused Mohamed Ismail, 31, were charged last week with jointly trafficking in heroin, by having three packets of about 9g of heroin along Orange Grove Road that morning.

Mohamed's charge was read to him in hospital as he was wounded during the incident.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Yang Ziliang applied for the duo to be remanded for another week at Central Police Division for investigations to be completed.

He is also asking for DNA and consumption reports.

District Judge Eddy Tham granted the application and fixed the case for mention again next Monday.

The maximum penalty for drug trafficking is 20 years' jail and 15 strokes of the cane.

For abetment to commit a rash act, the punishment is six months' jail and a $2,500 fine.


This article was first published on June 09, 2015.
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