Today Online: Facing the music, 20 years later
SINGAPORE - A 46-year-old man has been charged with a murder which took place more than 20 years ago.
Ong Seng Chuan is believed to be one of three men who robbed a coffeeshop and killed its owner Ling Ha Hiang, 74, on Dec 19, 1989.
Mr Ling, who ran Tien Wah Eating House at Block 529, Ang Mo Kio Street 51, was found with his hands and legs bound behind his back.
The old man's head was wrapped in masking tape and he suffocated to death.
Ong's two alleged accomplices have already been dealt with. Then-curry rice hawker, Sim Thiam Seng, had pleaded guilty in 1992 for the robbery.
Sim, who was 35 years old then, was jailed eight years and given 12 strokes of the cane.
His accomplice, Wong Oon Cheong, also 35 then, pleaded guilty a year later to manslaughter and robbery.
The then-welder was jailed 10 years and given 18 strokes of the cane.
Ong, who is believed to have been on the run, is now in remand.
He will be back in court on Friday and faces the death sentence if convicted. SHAFFIQ ALKHATIB