One suspect in Sheng Siong kidnap case found fit to stand trial after psychiatric evaluation

Heng Chen Boon, 50, a credit card promoter, was found fit to stand trial after the completion of his psychiatric evaluation. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG
Heng Chen Boon, 50, a credit card promoter, was found fit to stand trial after the completion of his psychiatric evaluation. -- ST FILE PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

One of the two men who was allegedly involved in the Sheng Siong kidnap case was found fit to stand trial after the completion of his psychiatric evaluation.

Credit card promoter Heng Chen Boon, 50, was informed of this decision in a district court on Friday. He appeared via video link along with the other accused, odd-job worker Lee Sze Yong, 41. They had been remanded in Changi Prison, where their psychiatric evaluation was conducted.

Heng will be represented by Mr Philip Fong who had been hired by family members early this week.

A pre-trial conference will be held in the High Court on March 25 and his case will be mentioned again on April 1.

In the case of Lee, the court heard that the psychiatrist required another week to complete the evaluation.

District Judge Kessler Soh granted the request and ordered for the case to be mentioned again on Feb 21. He has no lawyer yet.

Both men were not offered bail.

Lee allegedly abducted Madam Ng Lye Poh, 79, the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket boss Lim Hock Chee, along Hougang Avenue 2 on the morning of Jan 8 with the intent of holding her for ransom.

Heng is said to have helped Lee confine Madam Ng in a vehicle near Sembawang Park between 8.30pm and midnight that day.

She was freed unhurt after her son dropped off a $2 million ransom at Sembawang Park.

The duo were nabbed at about 1am the next day. The full sum has been recovered.

If convicted of kidnapping, they could be hanged or jailed for life. If Lee is not sentenced to death, he is liable to be caned as well.

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