Man found guilty of hiring hitmen to attack rival

Lim Hong Liang (left) twice ordered his mistress' lover to be attacked. He was convicted after a 10-day trial. Ong Hock Chye, the middleman linked to the attack, was also found guilty in court.
Lim Hong Liang (left) twice ordered his mistress' lover to be attacked. He was convicted after a 10-day trial. Ong Hock Chye, the middleman linked to the attack, was also found guilty in court.PHOTO: ST FILE
Mr Joshua Koh Kian Yong and Ms Audrey Chen Ying Fang were involved in a relationship. He suffered fractures to his nose and lacerations to his face in the attacks.
Mr Joshua Koh Kian Yong and Ms Audrey Chen Ying Fang were involved in a relationship. He suffered fractures to his nose and lacerations to his face in the attacks.

He is convicted, along with a middleman, of taking part in a seven-person conspiracy to hurt mistress' lover

A married businessman took a beauty contestant as his mistress for almost two years and showered her with gifts, including a luxury car. But when she found herself a younger lover, he flew into a rage.

Lim Hong Liang, 55, twice ordered his mistress' lover to be attacked. Over the two attacks, Mr Joshua Koh Kian Yong, now 35, suffered fractures to his nose and lacerations to his face.

District Judge Chay Yuen Fatt yesterday found Lim, the owner of SNL Logistics, guilty of taking part in a seven-person conspiracy to cause grievous hurt by using a weapon.

The judge also found a middleman linked to the attack - mover Ong Hock Chye, 48 - guilty of the same offence. Both men were convicted after a 10-day trial.

Lim was smitten with Audrey Chen Ying Fang, 27, when they met in 2014. They soon became involved in an intimate relationship.

Lim, who is married with three children, owned a unit at The Parc condominium in West Coast Walk. He allowed Ms Chen to live in it rent-free."In return, Lim expected her to be faithful to him, and not to 'fool around outside'," Deputy Public Prosecutors Tan Wen Hsien and Stephanie Koh said in their submissions.

In March 2016, Ms Chen started dating Mr Koh, a banquet waiter, and announced their relationship on social media. When Lim discovered Ms Chen - who was crowned Miss Mermaid 2016 - was seeing Mr Koh and bringing him back to the apartment, he paid hitmen $5,000 to scar Mr Koh's face.

According to court papers, Lim wanted his nephew to "teach Joshua a lesson" and it was Ron Lim De Mai, 26, who roped in Ong to recruit others to carry out the task. "At Ong's suggestion, the plan evolved into slashing Joshua's face, which Lim agreed to," the DPPs stated. "At all stages, Lim and Ong were actively aware of the manner and extent of the eventual attack on Joshua."

 
 
 

On April 8, Lim's older son and Ron Lim turned up at The Parc condominium. Ron Lim attacked Mr Koh relentlessly for 15 minutes, leaving Mr Koh with fractures to his nose.

But the young lovers continued seeing each other.

On April 30 at 1am, while the two were having supper in Townshend Road, Mr Koh was punched in the head and, as he tried to run, he was slashed with a penknife. He has a facial scar that is likely to be permanent.

The DPPs said: "The disfiguring wound would be a poignant reminder to the victim to stay away from (Lim's) mistress."

The other five involved, including Ron Lim, were each sentenced to between 15 months and 14½ years' jail.

Lim was yesterday offered bail of $10,000 while Ong's bail was set at $20,000. They are slated to be sentenced on May 17.

Offenders convicted of causing grievous hurt with a weapon can be jailed for life or jailed for up to 15 years with a fine or caning.

Lim cannot be caned as he is over 50 years old.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 03, 2019, with the headline 'Man found guilty of hiring hitmen to attack rival'. Print Edition | Subscribe