14th man offered bail in multimillion-dollar Shell fuel theft case

Ng Hock Teck was offered bail of $200,000 on Jan 30, 2018. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A former marketing and operations manager of a bunkering company, who was charged earlier this month in connection with the multimillion-dollar fuel theft from a Shell manufacturing site, has been offered bail.

Altogether 14 men allegedly involved in the case have now been granted bail.

On Tuesday (Jan 30), District Judge Christopher Goh offered Ng Hock Teck, 54, bail of $200,000.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Stephanie Chew said that further charges involving Ng may be expected over time.

Ng and fellow Singaporean, Alan Tan Cheng Chuan, 45, a cargo officer, are alleged to have conspired to dishonestly receive stolen marine gas oil on three occasions in July and November last year. Ng and Tan were then employed by Sentek Marine and Trading, one of Singapore's biggest marine fuel suppliers.

Nine other men allegedly involved in the case were offered bail on Monday.

Vietnamese national Nguyen Duc Quang, 46, who faces five charges of dishonestly receiving stolen oil, was offered bail of $700,000.

Five others - Juandi Pungot, 41, Cai Zhi Zhong, 35, Tiah Kok Hwee, 41, Koh Choon Wei, 35, and Muzaffar Ali Khan Muhamad Akram, 37 - were granted bail of $500,000 each. All are Singaporeans.

They each face seven counts of abetment by conspiracy to misappropriate gas oil on seven occasions between last July and this month.

Judge Goh set the bail for the remaining trio - Mohd Ibrahim K. Abdul Majid, 52, Abdul Latif Ibrahim, 59, and Richard Goh Chee Keong, 48 - at $300,000 each.

The three Singaporeans each face five charges of abetment by conspiracy to commit criminal breach of trust of gas oil between Nov 11 last year and Jan 5 this year.

The cases involving the 10 men who were granted bail this week have been adjourned to Feb 20.

Tan and another Singaporean, Muhammad Ali Muhammad Nor, 51, as well as two other Vietnamese, Doan Xuan Than, 46, and Dang Van Hanh, 37, will also be back in court that day.

All four had earlier been offered bail of between $20,000 and $30,000 each.

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