Murder suspect taken to crime scene

Toh Sia Guan (in red) leading police officers yesterday to a hardware shop from where he had allegedly bought the murder weapon and a pair of slippers. Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, was found dead in Lorong 23 Geylang on July 9 with a deep cut from his left
Toh Sia Guan (in red) leading police officers yesterday to a hardware shop from where he had allegedly bought the murder weapon and a pair of slippers. Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, was found dead in Lorong 23 Geylang on July 9 with a deep cut from his left ear to the top of his head. A wooden stick and a bloodied knife were lying nearby. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

64-year-old also leads officers to Geylang shop where he allegedly bought a fruit knife

The 64-year-old man accused of murdering a coffee shop helper in Lorong 23 Geylang was taken to several locations in the area by the police yesterday morning.

These included the spot where the alleged murder took place, and a hardware shop where Toh Sia Guan is believed to have bought the murder weapon.

Toh allegedly killed Mr Goh Eng Thiam, 52, between 7.30am and 8am on July 9 along Lorong 23.

The victim was found dead on the road with a deep cut from his left ear to the top of his head. A wooden stick and a bloodied knife were lying nearby.

Toh arrived in Lorong 23 Geylang in a white unmarked van just after 10.30am. Dressed in a red polo shirt and a pair of navy shorts, he had restraints on his wrists and ankles.

Showing little emotion, he walked down a stretch of the road flanked by two plainclothes police officers. He was heard speaking to investigators softly in Hokkien as he recalled the sequence of events.

At times, he paused to gesture at several locations, including the spot where a fight allegedly broke out between him and the victim.

Police officers also took him to the alley next to the Victoria Food Court coffee shop at the junction of Lorong 23 and Geylang Road, where Toh is believed to have seen the victim from a distance.

Police investigators were also spotted noting down the escape route that Toh had allegedly taken after committing the crime.

About half an hour later, they went to a hardware shop in Lorong 25, where Toh is believed to have bought the murder weapon.

Toh led police to an aisle inside Budget Value, pointing to a basket of fruit knives stored on the lower shelf. Each knife was priced at $2.90 with the blade measuring about 15cm.

He also showed them where he bought a pair of yellow slippers costing $4.90. A slipper had been found near the crime scene.

Close to noon, Toh was taken to a back lane next to Lorong Bachok. He then led police investigators along the shophouses in Lorong 17 to a green trash bin, where he had supposedly thrown his clothes away. It is understood that he ran to Lorong 3, about 1km away, after that.

Toh's case is due to be mentioned tomorrow. If convicted of murder, he faces the death penalty.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 28, 2016, with the headline 'Murder suspect taken to crime scene'. Print Edition | Subscribe