Little India murder accused found fit to plead

Murder suspect Ramzan Rizwan (in red) being escorted by investigators, outside the lodging house at 6 Rowell Road on June 19, 2014. The second Pakistan national who allegedly murdered a compatriot whose legless body was found in a suitcase has b
Murder suspect Ramzan Rizwan (in red) being escorted by investigators, outside the lodging house at 6 Rowell Road on June 19, 2014. The second Pakistan national who allegedly murdered a compatriot whose legless body was found in a suitcase has been found fit to plead. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND LIM

SINGAPORE - The second Pakistan national who allegedly murdered a compatriot whose legless body was found in a suitcase has been found fit to plead.

Ramzan Rizwan, 25, was found fit to plead by a prison psychiatrist after a further week's remand at Complex Medical Centre in Changi to complete his assessment.

The other accused, Rasheed Muhammad, 43, was also found fit to plead when his case came up for mention last Friday.

The pair allegedly caused the death of Mr Muhammad Noor, 59, at a lodging house at Rowell Road in Little India between June 10 and 11.

The victim's legless body was found in a blood-soaked suitcase at Syed Alwi Road near Jalan Besar. The legs were later recovered from a Muslim cemetery at Jalan Kubor off Victoria Street.

Last week, Ramzan had complained about the condition of his cell, saying he could not stand it. He asked the court to send him home or to the gallows.

A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for Aug 26 in the High Court.

Ramzan and Rasheed will appear in the State Courts via video link again on Sept 9.

If convicted of murder, they will be hanged.