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5 youths jailed, caned over Downtown East murder

Published on Sep 8, 2012 6:00 AM
Stilwell Ong Keat Pin sparked the fight, and received a sentence of 12 years in jail and 12strokes of the cane. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

Five youths who stabbed and slashed a rival gang member in a fight at Downtown East two years ago were yesterday jailed between eight and 12 years.

They were also ordered to be caned between 10 and 12 strokes for their roles in the horrific assault that resulted in the death of 20-year-old polytechnic student Darren Ng Wei Jie.

The five secret society members had faced the most serious charges - of culpable homicide - among the 12 charged over the attack at the shopping and entertainment hub. It took place in full view of a crowd on a Saturday evening on Oct 30, 2010.

Justice Tay Yong Kwang, before delivering his decision, said sentencing young persons for very serious crimes was as heartbreaking for the court as it must be for their parents watching the proceedings. The judge said: "I can only implore especially on behalf of all parents, young persons in secret societies and street gangs to open their eyes to the tragic truth that violence begets violence and vicious acts only breed more vicious reactions.

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