Man, 47, charged with murder at Boat Quay pub

Thennarasu Karupiah (center) is accused of causing Mr Arokiasamy Paul Rajoo's death between 5am and 5.25am on July 13 at Taj Mahal Bollywood Music Lounge in 61 Boat Quay.
Thennarasu Karupiah (center) is accused of causing Mr Arokiasamy Paul Rajoo's death between 5am and 5.25am on July 13 at Taj Mahal Bollywood Music Lounge in 61 Boat Quay.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

SINGAPORE - A 47-year-old man was on Tuesday (July 19) charged with the murder of a 55-year-old man at a Boat Quay pub last week.

Thennarasu Karupiah is accused of causing Mr Arokiasamy Paul Rajoo's death between 5am and 5.25am last Wednesday at Taj Mahal Bollywood Music Lounge, on the third level at 61 Boat Quay.

The charge of murder with intention, which was read out in Tamil, did not state how Thennarasu committed the crime.

Clad in a blue polo T-shirt with a yellow collar, Thennarasu appeared expressionless in court.

No plea was taken from him.

District Judge Christopher Goh granted the police prosecutor's request to remand the suspect at Central Police Division for one week, with permission to be taken out, for investigators to complete their probe and recover evidence.

The case will be mentioned in court again on July 26.

In a news release on Monday night, police said Mr Arokiasamy was taken unconscious to hospital, where he died on Saturday afternoon.

Thennarasu was then arrested on Monday.

If found guilty of murder with intention, the suspect faces the mandatory death penalty.