Man jailed for firearm robberies committed more than 20 years ago

A Malaysian man was jailed a total of six years on Wednesday for firearm robberies he committed more than 20 years ago. Lim Kian Hock, 50, admitted to robbing businessman Low Beng Yuet of a briefcase containing $58,397 and cheques amounting to $112,238 while armed with a revolver at the carpark of Goldhill Plaza, Thomson Road, on May 9, 1989. His accomplice Tan Seng Heng, then 26, was given four years and 12 strokes of the cane in 1990.

A district court heard that one Eng Kah Kian, 67, tipped off Tan in April 1989 that Mr Low, then 39, would collect cash from his office to the bank daily in his Mercedes Benz which was parked at Goldhill Plaza. Tan shared the information with Lim. Both men went to recce the place. Lim asked a Malaysian friend to help steal a motorcycle which he used as a getaway vehicle.

On May 9 that year, armed with a revolver, Lim rode the stolen motorbike to Goldhill Centre and parked it along the main road next to the carpark. Tan took over the motorcycle and waited for Lim. Lim robbed Mr Low of his briefcase and ran to Tan who was waiting on the motorcycle. They abandoned the motorcycle and fled to Malaysia in Tan's car. They shared the loot with Eng, now 68. He has also been dealt with.

Lim also admitted to robbing then 36-year-old housewife Lee Neen Nyet of her handbag containing $35,000 at the ground floor of Block 332 Jurong East Street 31 on Oct 29, 1988.Madam Lee was walking towards her car when Lim and Tan robbed her of her handbag. Both she and her husband were said to be operating as bookies and would carry between $50,000 and $60,000 to the former Bukit Timah Turf Club during race days. Lim was arrested by the Malaysian police in June 2007 and served seven years for various offences before he was extradited to Singapore in February last year.