1984 Singapore murder suspect hid in Australia for over 30 years

The exterior of the former supreme court near the Padang. Tham Kwok Wah was sentenced to jail in New South Wales for passport fraud and deception.
The exterior of the former supreme court near the Padang. Tham Kwok Wah was sentenced to jail in New South Wales for passport fraud and deception.PHOTO: ST FILE

A Singaporean, suspected of being involved in a 1984 murder in Singapore, fled to Australia and lived there for more than 30 years under a fake identity, which he used to get an Australian passport and pension benefits of some A$104,000 (S$97,000).

Tham Kwok Wah, now aged 76, was sentenced recently to six years and nine months in jail in New South Wales after he admitted to passport fraud and deception.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2020, with the headline '1984 S'pore murder suspect hid in Australia for over 30 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe