Aloha Changi chalet case: 3 foreigners charged in court with conspiring to commit murder

Phyo Min Naing, 31, (in white T-shirt) being taken to court.
Phyo Min Naing, 31, (in white T-shirt) being taken to court.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Yae Wynnt Oaung, 32, being taken to court.
Yae Wynnt Oaung, 32, being taken to court.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Singapore PR Zaw Min Hlaing, 37.
Singapore PR Zaw Min Hlaing, 37.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

SINGAPORE - Three foreigners were charged in court on Wednesday (June 24) with abetment by conspiracy with a fourth man to commit murder.

Two of them are Myanmar nationals while a third is a Singapore permanent resident.

Myanmar nationals Yae Wynnt Oaung, 32, and Phyo Min Naing, 31, and Singapore PR Zaw Min Hlaing, 37, are said to have schemed with Kyaw Kyaw Aung alias Aung Aung, 29, on Saturday evening (June 20) to murder Mr Aye Maung Maung Thet, a 26-year-old permanent resident.

The offence was not committed.

Court documents say that on Sunday evening (June 21) at the multi-storey carpark at Block 747A Pasir Ris Street 71, Hlaing, Aung Aung and Naing tried to abduct the victim, and in the process, Hlaing and Naing caused hurt to the victim by using a "taser" on him.

Aung Aung is believed to have left the country on Tuesday morning (June 23).

Deputy Public Prosecutor John Lu applied for the trio to be remanded at Central police division as investigations are incomplete.

They will be back in court on July 1.

Police said in a statement late on Tuesday night that a report of an assault at Pasir Ris Street 71 on Sunday night led to the arrest of the trio.

The victim had reported to police that he had been assaulted by two unknown men at the multi-storey carpark. He told police that the two men, together with another unknown man, fled the scene when his cries for help attracted the attention of passers-by.

Hlaing was arrested near Balestier Road at about 1pm on Monday (June 22) following an ambush.

Officers mounted an operation and arrested Oaung and Naing at a chalet at Aloha Changi almost nine hours later. They recovered items including a meat mincer, a chainsaw, kitchen knives, a gas cooker, a gas cylinder tank, a tool set, trolley bags, plastic sheets, cable ties, a cleaver, aprons, a chopping board and rubber boots.

The next morning, police were alerted to an abandoned vehicle at the basement of Changi Airport Terminal 3. Officers found a white Mitsubishi multi-purpose vehicle at the carpark, and preliminary investigations suggest that it was linked to the case.

Anyone with information on Aung Aung can contact the police on 1800-255-0000, or submit the information online at www.police.gov.sg/CrimeStopper. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

If convicted, the trio could be jailed for up to 14 years and fined.

elena@sph.com.sg