SINGAPORE - Two more men were sentenced to jail and ordered to be given the minimum 12 strokes of the cane on Wednesday (Feb 3) for their role in the $624,000 gang robbery at an open air carpark at Aljunied Crescent more than a year ago.
Annadurai Raman, 43, a Singapore permanent resident, and Malaysian Tachana Moorthy Peromal, 29, admitted on Monday (Feb 1) to abetment by conspiracy with six others to rob Mr Ali Yousouf Saiboo of two luggage bags containing local and foreign currencies amounting to $624,036, and two mobile phones on Nov 5, 2014.
Like his accomplice Ravi Sandhira Sagaran, a 28-year-old Malaysian, Annadurai was also sentenced to seven years' jail and 12 strokes. Tachana, who played a key role in the planning and execution of the robbery, was given nine years and caning. Both Annadurai and Tachana did not take part in the actual robbery.
The others, all Malaysians, are at large.
Mr Saiboo, 35, was working as a manager at his father-in-law's moneychanging business, which, among other things, employs couriers to deliver bundles of money to its customers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The same couriers would also collect foreign and Singapore currencies in cash from these customers in KL and deliver them to the company in Singapore.
Around June 2014, Tachana and a few of his accomplices planned to commit robbery in Singapore of the currencies being transported by the company's couriers and passed over to Mr Saiboo.
Tachana contacted Annadurai who agreed to help him. Others were roped in.
Between September and October 2014, members of the gang entered Singapore a few times and met Annadurai to discuss how to carry out the robbery.
Tachana told Annadurai to get rental cars as transport for his accomplices as well as to tail the victim's car and observe the route taken by him.
Annadurai's role was to look out for Mr Saiboo's car along Bedok Reservoir Road near Eunos Link while the group of five including Ravi would rob him near the victim's home in Geylang East Central.
But the heist took place at the carpark of Aljunied Crescent where Mr Saiboo had intended to safekeep the currencies at his father-in-law's home.
Sometime after midnight on Nov 5, the group of five, who were in balaclavas and face masks, blocked Mr Saiboo's car at the carpark with a stolen car. On seeing them, Mr Saiboo, who was with his two-year-old son, activated the door locks in his car.
One of the robbers used a crowbar to repeatedly hit the driver side of Mr Saiboo's car, causing it to shatter. One threatened to kill his son.
Mr Saiboo was dragged out of his car and punched in his body. The robbers moved the two pieces of luggage from the car boot of Mr Saiboo's car into their stolen vehicle. One of the robbers kicked Mr Saiboo in the stomach before leaving.
Annadurai was arrested on Nov 8 that year. Tachana and Ravi were arrested in Malaysia four days later. Cash of US$30,000 and RM23,645 were found in Tachana's car and at the workshop of his logistics business.
The duo could have been jailed for up to 20 years and caned.