Fourth man charged with American stuntman's murder along Circular Road on Christmas Eve

A fourth Singaporean man has been charged with the murder of stuntman John Denley Nelson (pictured).
A fourth Singaporean man has been charged with the murder of stuntman John Denley Nelson (pictured).PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

SINGAPORE - A fourth Singaporean man has been charged with the murder of a 30-year-old American stuntman in an incident along Circular Road on Christmas Eve last year.

Masazlie Mohamed Salleh, 42, who had been charged earlier with rioting, had his charge amended to murder on Friday (Jan 8). He is accused of causing the death of Mr John Denley Nelson, a Universal Studios Singapore stuntman.

If convicted, he faces the death penalty, or life imprisonment with caning.

 

He is being remanded at the Central Police Division. His case will be heard again next Tuesday (Jan 12).

On Thursday (Jan 7), three other Singaporean men were charged with murder, and one with rioting, in relation to the incident.

Muhammad Khalis Ramlee, Muhammad Haziq Hashim and Muhammad Izzuandy Yusof, all aged 23, are accused of intentionally causing Mr Nelson's death. The trio face the mandatory death penalty if convicted.

Another Singaporean man, Syed Muhammad Salleh Syed Sallahudin, also 23, was charged with rioting, by being part of an unlawful assembly that comprised 17 people, including Masazlie, Khalis, Haziq and Izzuandy.

The group is alleged to have assaulted eight victims, including Mr Nelson. Salleh faces up to seven years' jail and caning, if convicted.

Other than Salleh, eight others also face charges of rioting.

The four suspects who were charged on Thursday are also being remanded at the Central Police Division. Their cases will be mentioned again on Jan 14.

Mr Nelson reportedly fell and hit his head on the ground after trying to stop a brawl in the early hours of Dec 24, last year. He died in hospital on New Year's Day and was cremated here two days later.

According to court documents, 15 of his 17 alleged attackers have been identified. Seven other victims were also hurt by the known assailants - 13 men aged 20 to 45 and two women aged 22.

Mr Nelson, who was from Michigan in the US, came to Singapore in 2009 to work at Universal Studios on Sentosa.

According to an online fund-raising campaign set up by a friend, he suffered traumatic head injuries and was put in an induced coma at Singapore General Hospital.

He died on Jan 1 without regaining consciousness.