The Straits Times
Published on Oct 02, 2012

Man took rap for another for fatal assault


He was not part of a five-man group whose assault on a student in Chinatown led to his death nine years ago. But Larry Lim Liang Long agreed to take the rap for one of the attackers and surrendered to the police.

On Monday, Lim, 32, unemployed, was sentenced to a total of 20 months on four charges. He had admitted to giving false information to a police investigator on two occasions over the homicide of Mr Wong Dao Jing as well as using another person's Malaysian Restricted Passport to leave the country and having articles that infringed copyright.

District Judge Jasbendar Kaur noted that when Lim decided to surrender, it was not with the intent to tell the truth but to mislead the police by admitting that he was involved in the 2003 incident. "It would appear that the time lapse between 2003 and 2012 did not cause you to rethink providing false information to the police," she said.

Other aggravating factors she took into account were the long delay in the conclusion of the case and the manner in which he had evaded arrest all these years.