21-year-old accused of murdering brother now has lawyer

Ng Yao Wei, 21, who allegedly killed his brother Ng Yao Cheng, 26, last month, will now be represented by lawyer Josephus Tan of Fortis Law Corporation. -- PHOTO: INTERNET
Ng Yao Wei, 21, who allegedly killed his brother Ng Yao Cheng, 26, last month, will now be represented by lawyer Josephus Tan of Fortis Law Corporation. -- PHOTO: INTERNET

SINGAPORE - A 21-year-old charged with the murder of his elder brother in their Choa Chu Kang condominium now has a lawyer.

Ng Yao Wei, who allegedly killed his brother Ng Yao Cheng, 26, last month, will now be represented by lawyer Josephus Tan of Fortis Law Corporation.

Mr Tan, who said he was appointed last week after the defendant's parents approached him, will be taking on the case pro bono.

He told reporters outside the courtroom: "I know it was reported that they are staying in a condo, but apart from the house I don't think they have the financial capability.

"Our concern is for the parents to seek counselling themselves, and leave the legal proceedings to us."

Mr Tan said he had not encountered Ng before Wednesday, when the latter appeared in court via videolink.

Ng will be remanded for another three weeks for investigation and treatment.

The murder allegedly took place on April 13 around 11pm at the Windermere condominium where the brothers lived with their parents.

The accused had recently completed a diploma course at Singapore Polytechnic, while the victim was a motion graphics artist with Marina Bay Sands.

The case will next be heard in court on May 27.