New lawyer to represent Yang Yin

File photo of former China tour guide Yang Yin in a police car, on Nov 5, 2014.
File photo of former China tour guide Yang Yin in a police car, on Nov 5, 2014. PHOTO: ST FILE

The lawyer who represented the family of a full-time national serviceman, who died after an allergic reaction to smoke grenades, is now representing former China tour guide Yang Yin.

Lawyer Irving Choh yesterday confirmed that he has taken over the civil case from Mr Joseph Liow, as of last Friday.

Both were connected through a former client of Mr Choh's who knows Yang's sister in China, the lawyer told The Straits Times.

"Yang Yin just wants a new perspective on this matter," said Mr Choh. He has visited his client a few times in prison where he is in remand.

Mr Liow, Yang's former lawyer, said he is cooperating with Mr Choh to hand over the files for the civil case. He added: "Clients are allowed to change lawyers at any point of time."

Mr Liow declined to comment on the legal fees that Yang owes him. He had previously said in court that he has not been paid since December 2014.

Mr Choh, founder of law firm Optimus Chambers, has been practising for more than 20 years.

Recently, he represented Private Dominique Sarron Lee's family, who tried to sue the Singapore Armed Forces and two officers for alleged negligence.

Carolyn Khew, Toh Yong Chuan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2016, with the headline 'New lawyer to represent Yang Yin'. Print Edition | Subscribe