Waiter charged with murder at St James Power Station

Shawalludin, a part-time waiter, was arrested on Sunday, the same day that the body of the victim was found near St James Power Station. Three other men allegedly involved in the murder were nabbed by police on Monday.
Shawalludin, a part-time waiter, was arrested on Sunday, the same day that the body of the victim was found near St James Power Station. Three other men allegedly involved in the murder were nabbed by police on Monday.ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

A part-time waiter has been charged with the murder of the man who was found near St James Power Station with stab wounds on Sunday.

Shawalludin Sa'adon, 26, who works at Postbar, is accused of killing Mr Satheesh Kumar Manogaran, 35, at the Sentosa Gateway entertainment venue between 5.45am and 6am that day.

Shawalludin stood expressionless in the dock as the murder charge was read out to him.

Police said in a statement yesterday that they arrested Shawalludin on Sunday itself.

They later established the identities of the three other men allegedly involved and nabbed them on Monday. The four are aged between 20 and 28.

Preliminary police investigations showed the attack took place after a dispute between Mr Satheesh Kumar and a staff member at Postbar, whose identity was not disclosed in court documents and the police statement.

Shawalludin, who was unrepresented yesterday,has been remanded and will be back in court next Tuesday.

Two more suspects, aged 22 and 28, will be charged today with murder with intention.

If convicted, the trio face the death penalty.

Investigations are ongoing against the fourth man.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2017, with the headline 'Waiter charged with murder at St James Power Station'. Print Edition | Subscribe