Geylang Lorong 23 murder: 64-year-old suspect taken to crime scenes

Murder suspect Toh Sia Guan was brought back to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23 for investigations.ST VIDEO: NG HUIWEN
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The shop along Sims Ave where Toh Sia Guan bought a pair of slippers and a knife before committing the crime.
The shop along Sims Ave where Toh Sia Guan bought a pair of slippers and a knife before committing the crime.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
The shop along Sims Ave where Toh Sia Guan bought a pair of slippers and a knife before committing the crime.
The shop along Sims Ave where Toh Sia Guan bought a pair of slippers and a knife before committing the crime.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.
Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - The 64-year-old suspect in the Lorong 23 Geylang murder case was taken by police investigators to several locations in Geylang on Wednesday morning (July 27).

Toh Sia Guan allegedly caused the death of coffee shop helper Goh Eng Thiam, 52, between 7.30am and 8am on July 9.

The victim was found dead on the road next to a coffee shop, with deep cut from the left side of his ear to the top of his head, reports said. A wooden stick and a bloodied knife were also found at the scene.

 

Toh arrived in a white unmarked van just after 10.30am in Geylang Lorong 23. Dressed in a red polo shirt and a pair of navy shorts, he stepped out of the van cuffed on his wrists and ankles.

Showing little emotion, he walked down a stretch of the road flanked by two plainclothes police officers. He spoke to investigators softly in Hokkien as he recalled the sequence of events.

He appeared unfazed by some 40 curious onlookers who gathered at the scene.

At times, Toh paused to gesture at several locations, including one where he and the victim were standing when a fight between them broke out.

Another location included a spot at the side of Victoria Food Court coffee shop at the junction of Lorong 23 and Geylang Road. It is believed that Toh first saw the victim standing there from a distance away.

Police investigators were also seen noting down the escape route that Toh had allegedly taken after committing the crime.


The shop along Sims Ave where Toh bought a pair of slippers and a knife before committing the crime. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

About half an hour later, Toh was taken to a hardware shop at Lorong 25, where he is believed to have bought the murder weapon.

He led police to an aisle inside Budget Value, pointing to a basket of fruit knives stored on the lower shelf. Each knife was priced at $2.90 with the blade measuring about 15cm.

He also showed them where he bought a pair of yellow slippers costing $4.90 that day. One of the slippers was found near the scene.


Police bringing Toh Sia Guan, 64, the suspect behind the July 9 murder of Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, to the scene of the crime at Geylang Lorong 23. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Close to noon, Toh was taken to a backlane next to Lorong Bachok. He led police investigators along the shophouses on Lorong 17 to a green trash bin, where he had supposedly thrown his clothes away. He then ran to Lorong 3 about 1km away after that.

Toh's case is due to be mentioned on Friday (July 29).

If convicted of murder, he faces the death penalty.