Alleged seller of replica guns on trial

Liu Huijian, 41, is accused of selling replica guns online, and allegedly had over 150 "airsoft handguns".
Liu Huijian, 41, is accused of selling replica guns online, and allegedly had over 150 "airsoft handguns".

A man accused of selling replica guns online allegedly tried but failed to engage an unsuspecting private-hire car driver to deliver the goods, a district court heard yesterday.

Liu Huijian, 41, is on trial for an offence under the Arms and Explosives Act.

According to court documents, the Singaporean allegedly had in his possession 156 guns from which pellets could be discharged, as well as component parts of such guns. They were found in a Sims Place flat on Nov 16, 2018.

The Grab driver, Mr Tan Chee Pheow, took the stand yesterday on the first day of Liu's trial.

He recalled receiving a booking around 9am to transport a passenger from the Sims area to Woodlands.

But Mr Tan told the court that he could not remember the date of the booking.

He said that when he arrived at the pickup point, a man knocked on the window of his car.

Mr Tan told District Judge Sharmila Sripathy-Shanaz that the man then handed him a box, claiming it contained items such as books and magazines. But he sensed something was amiss when he found that the box was heavy.

Mr Tan told the man to open the box as he was "worried" that it might contain "something illegal".

The man initially turned down his request and relented only when the driver said he would reject the booking.

Mr Tan said he immediately returned the box to the man after spotting a "gun-like object" inside.

The court heard that he then called Grab to cancel the booking and told his office about the incident.

Mr Tan told Judge Sharmila that he received a call from Ang Mo Kio Police Division later that same day, where he was asked to provide the police with a statement about the incident.

He did as he was told, the court heard.

When asked in court yesterday if he recognised Liu, Mr Tan said no.

The trial continues.

Police had said in an earlier statement that they were alerted to the case on Nov 16, 2018.

Officers arrested Liu that same day and seized over 150 "airsoft handguns" as well as accessories.

If convicted of the offence, he can be jailed for up to three years and fined up to $5,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 09, 2021, with the headline 'Alleged seller of replica guns on trial'. Subscribe