Man accused of killing 53-year-old at temple in Teck Whye Lane sent for psychiatric test

Loh Suan Lit (centre) looking on as investigators examine an area at Chin Long Kong Chinese Temple on March 2, 2016.
Loh Suan Lit (centre) looking on as investigators examine an area at Chin Long Kong Chinese Temple on March 2, 2016.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Police officers bringing Loh Suan Lit, 47, the accused of the Teck Whye temple murder back to the scene at the temple.
Police officers bringing Loh Suan Lit, 47, the accused of the Teck Whye temple murder back to the scene at the temple. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE - The man charged with the murder of a man at a Chinese temple in Teck Whye Lane was on Friday (March 4) ordered to be remanded at the medical centre in Changi Prison for psychiatric evaluation.

Loh Suan Lit, 47, whose occupation is not known, is accused of killing Mr Tan Poh Huat, 53, at Chin Long Kong Temple between 2.30am and 3.30am on Feb 14.

Mr Tan was found lying motionless behind the temple, where he usually slept. A 2m-long trail of blood was seen outside the prayer hall.

The divorced father of three had been living in the temple for five years. He was found with a head injury, and was pronounced dead by paramedics at around 7am.

Mr Tan was reportedly a runner for a bookmaker and had $10,000 on him at the time of his death.

Loh was arrested by police last Wednesday (Feb 24), and was remanded to assist in investigations.

On Wednesday (Mar 2), he was taken by police investigators to a few locations, including his home at Block 15, Marsiling Lane and the Chua Chu Kang Lian Sing Keng temple.

The case will be mentioned again on March 24.

Loh faces the death penalty if convicted.

amirh@sph.com.sg