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5 plead guilty to culpable homicide in Downtown East slashing

Published on Jul 31, 2012 6:00 AM
 
A trail of blood outside fast food restaurant Popeye's at Downtown East, where Darren Ng Wei Jie, 19, was attacked by a group of youths on Oct 30, 2010. Five youths, who used weapons to stab and slash a rival gang member in a 2010 Downtown East fight on Monday pleaded guilty to culpable homicide. -- PHOTO: SHIN MIN

Five youths, who used weapons to stab and slash a rival gang member in a 2010 Downtown East fight on Monday pleaded guilty to culpable homicide.

The five are facing the most serious charges among the 12 young men who have been charged for their involvement in the violent clash that claimed the life of 19-year-old polytechnic student Darren Ng Wei Jie.

They are Ho Wui Ming, 22, Chen Wei Zhen, 21, Edward Tay Wei Loong, 20, Louis Tong Qing Yao, 17, and Stilwell Ong Keat Pin, 20. All were members of a secret society gang, and had attacked Darren Ng with either choppers, fruit knives or a screwdriver.

Prosecutors pressed for at least 15 years' jail and 12 strokes of the cane for Ong, the main culprit, and between 12 and 15 years' jail and 10 strokes of the cane each for the other four.

 
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