$600k moneychanger robbery: two accused slapped with additional robbery charges

Annadurai Raman (in red), who was charged in connection with robbing money changer Ali Yousouf Saiboo of $600,000, took police to Block 125, Geylang East Avenue 1, to give a recount of the alleged incident on Nov 18, 2014. Two of the men alleged
Annadurai Raman (in red), who was charged in connection with robbing money changer Ali Yousouf Saiboo of $600,000, took police to Block 125, Geylang East Avenue 1, to give a recount of the alleged incident on Nov 18, 2014. Two of the men allegedly involved in the brazen robbery of a moneychanger on Nov 5 were each slapped with three more charges on Thursday. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Two of the men allegedly involved in the brazen robbery of a moneychanger on Nov 5 were each slapped with three more charges on Thursday.

Tachana Moorthy Peromal, 28, and Ravi Sandhira Sagaran, 27, now also stand accused of abducting one Chang Lai Huat along Woodlands Square on March 11, 2010, and robbing him of $432,000. In the process of doing so, they allegedly also caused hurt to their victim by punching him in the face.

Engaging in a conspiracy with other unknown persons, the two Malaysians are also said to have stolen a $7,000 Proton car on Oct 27 this year. The car, which belongs to Mr Norazmi Mohd Nor, was allegedly taken from the multi-storey car park at Block 881A Woodlands Street 82.

They were first brought to court last Friday to face a charge of robbing money changer Ali Yousouf Saiboo, 35, of more than $600,000 on Nov 5.

The alleged offence was committed around 12.50am that day at Block 110 Aljunied Crescent, together with compatriot Annadurai Raman, 42, who had been charged six days before. Five other unidentified suspects remain at large.

The next mention of the cases against the duo, who are represented by Mr Sunil Sudheesan, is on Nov 27. Annadurai's case will be mentioned on Friday.

The penalty for robbery and voluntarily causing hurt in the process is a jail term of between five and 20 years, and at least 12 strokes of the cane.

Those who commit robbery while armed with a deadly weapon face caning of at least 12 strokes, in addition to other punishments.

If convicted of abducting Mr Chang, the two men face up to seven years in jail, a fine and caning.