Murder conspiracy: Suspects taken to crime scene

Police yesterday took Phyo Min Naing (in red) to the carpark in Pasir Ris where he and another man allegedly tasered a fellow Myanmar national on June 21. The suspects' alleged intention was to abduct and later murder him.
Police yesterday took Phyo Min Naing (in red) to the carpark in Pasir Ris where he and another man allegedly tasered a fellow Myanmar national on June 21. The suspects' alleged intention was to abduct and later murder him.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

TWO men who were charged last week over a murder plot were taken by police yesterday to an alleged crime scene: a multi-storey carpark at Block 747A, Pasir Ris Street 71.

The duo, Singapore permanent resident Zaw Min Hlaing, 37, and Myanmar national Phyo Min Naing, 31, were escorted by plainclothes policemen to a parking space on the first floor of the carpark.

A translator was present and one police investigator was seen marking out some spots pointed out by the men for a forensic photographer to take photos.

The men, dressed in red polo shirts and navy blue bermudas, were in wrist and ankle restraints. They arrived in an unmarked van at about 8am and were whisked away less than an hour later.

According to documents from their court appearance last week, the two men are alleged to have tasered Mr Aye Maung Maung Thet, a 29-year-old Singapore permanent resident, at the carpark on June 21.

Their intention, according to the documents, was to abduct and later murder him.

Police later recovered an array of items from a chalet at Aloha Changi allegedly meant for the deed. The items included a meat mincer, a chainsaw, kitchen knives, a gas cooker, a gas cylinder tank, a tool set, trolley bags, plastic sheets, cable ties, a cleaver, aprons, a chopping board and rubber boots.

Hlaing and Naing, together with a third man, Myanmar national Yae Wynnt Oaung, 32, were charged in court last Wednesday.

They allegedly schemed with a fourth man, Win Kyaw Kyaw Aung alias Aung Aung, 29, on the previous Saturday to kill Mr Thet.

Aung is said to have fled the country last Tuesday morning.

The police said a call about an assault in Pasir Ris Street 71 on the night of June 21 had led to the arrest of the three men.

The alleged victim told police that the men fled when his cries for help attracted the attention of passers-by.

Police ambushed and arrested Hlaing near Balestier Road at about 1pm the next day. Oaung and Naing were arrested at Aloha Changi several hours later.

Police also found an abandoned white Mitsubishi multi-purpose vehicle in the basement carpark of Changi Airport Terminal 3 last Tuesday.

Preliminary investigations suggest it is linked to the case.

The three men who have been charged are expected to appear in court again tomorrow. They have indicated that they wish to engage counsel.

If convicted, the trio could be jailed for up to 14 years and fined.

amirh@sph.com.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2015, with the headline 'Murder conspiracy: Suspects taken to crime scene'. Print Edition | Subscribe