Death of robber: Re-mention of case of Malaysian father and Singaporean son on June 24

Malaysian Moo He Hong (third from left) and his Singaporean son Moo Wee Keong with his Singaporean wife Kuek Soo Lan (second from left). -- ST PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH 
Malaysian Moo He Hong (third from left) and his Singaporean son Moo Wee Keong with his Singaporean wife Kuek Soo Lan (second from left). -- ST PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH 

The case of the Malaysian father and his Singaporean son accused of causing the death of an alleged robber in Negeri Sembilan will be re-mentioned on June 24, according to the Magistrates' court in Rembau.

This comes after the family of the deceased appointed a lawyer to hold a watching brief in proceedings. 

"The family of the deceased alleged armed robber has engaged a lawyer to hold a watching brief. The prosecution also handed us the documents today, that is evidence they will be relying on during the trial," one of the defence lawyers, Ms Chua Tsu Fae, told The Straits Times on Wednesday.

Moo He Hong, 57, and Moo Wee Keong, 29, were initially charged with the murder of  Mr Chan Boon Poh. Their case was later amended to death by negligence, thereby allowing them to be released on bail in March after 23 days in detention.

The younger Moo, whose Singaporean mother Kuek Soo Lan, 52, was allegedly slashed with a parang by Mr Chan, had insisted that he and his father only wanted to snatch the knife away, but admitted beating the man.

The incident happened in the wee hours of Feb 24 when the family was visiting their relatives in Negeri Sembilan over the Chinese New Year period.

Madam Kuek, a promoter in Singapore at supermarket chain Giant, told the media that a masked man rushed out from the shadows and attempted to grab her bag. Her husband and son managed to pin down the man.

Her husband then drove her to a nearby clinic for treatment without waiting for the police to arrive. He returned 15 minutes later to the house to discover that Mr Chan had died.

Madam Kuek was told by the police that Mr Chan had died from "chest injuries probably caused by multiple blows to the area".

shannont@sph.com.sg