Man charged over Boat Quay murder

Thennarasu is accused of murdering Mr Arokiasamy early last Wednesday morning at Taj Mahal Bollywood Music Lounge at Boat Quay.
Thennarasu is accused of murdering Mr Arokiasamy early last Wednesday morning at Taj Mahal Bollywood Music Lounge at Boat Quay.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A 47-year-old man was yesterday charged with the murder of a 55-year-old man in 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 of 61, Boat Quay.

The charge of murder with intention, which was read out in Tamil, did not state how Thennarasu is alleged to have committed the crime. Wearing a blue polo T-shirt with a yellow collar, Thennarasu was 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 a week, with permission for him to be taken out of remand to assist in investigations.

The case will be mentioned again next Tuesday.

Police said on Monday that Mr Arokiasamy was taken unconscious to hospital, where he died on Saturday afternoon.

Thennarasu was arrested on Monday.

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

Amir Hussain

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2016, with the headline 'Man charged over Boat Quay murder'. Print Edition | Subscribe