4 men charged over Molotov cocktail attack on club, police on lookout for fifth suspect

Four men were charged in the State Courts for mischief by fire on Sept 15, 2016. Two are seen here in a police van arriving at the courts.
Four men were charged in the State Courts for mischief by fire on Sept 15, 2016. Two are seen here in a police van arriving at the courts. ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - Four men who allegedly tried to set a club ablaze in the early hours of Tuesday morning (Sept 13) using Molotov cocktails were charged on Thursday (Sept 15).

Toh Wen Yi and Bryan Ho Chang Rong, both 26, and Eugene Lim Huang Shen and Cephas Ho Jin An, both 23, each faces one count of mischief by fire.

The four suspects are accused of having acted jointly with another person, Daryl Tay Kai Long, 26, to hurl four Molotov cocktails at the main entrance of a club called Bounce in St James Power Station between 2.10am and 2.26am on Tuesday.

The four who have been charged will be remanded at Central Police Division for one week to assist in investigations.

Their cases will be mentioned again next Thursday (Sept 22).


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The attack on the club is believed to be "an act of revenge arising from a previous dispute between one of the suspects and the staff of one of the entertainment outlets at St James Power Station", said the police.

In a statement on Wednesday, police said they received a call regarding the incident at about 2.25am on Tuesday.

Officers arrived to find glass fragments from broken beer bottles and soot near the entrance of the club.

Investigations revealed that three men lit and threw four beer bottles which were filled with petrol, before fleeing.

No one was injured.

Officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, Police Intelligence Department and Clementi Division worked round the clock to identify one suspect, who was arrested within 20 hours.

Three other suspects were arrested later on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The maximum punishment for committing mischief by fire or any explosive substance, knowing that it would likely cause damage to property, is seven years' jail and a fine.

Under the law, when a crime is committed jointly by several persons, each person is liable for it as if it was committed by just one of them.

Tay, 26, remains at large.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can contact the police via its hotline on 1800-255-0000 or online at http://www.police.gov.sg/iwitness