Orchard Towers murder: Man linked to case jumps bail

Police officers investigating the crime scene of the Orchard Towers murder last month. The victim, Mr Satheesh Noel Gobidass, 31, died following a brawl on July 2. ST FILE PHOTO
Police officers investigating the crime scene of the Orchard Towers murder last month. The victim, Mr Satheesh Noel Gobidass, 31, died following a brawl on July 2. ST FILE PHOTO

A warrant of arrest has been issued against a man allegedly linked to the Orchard Towers murder after he failed to turn up in court yesterday.

Tan Hong Sheng, 22, was one of seven people originally charged with the murder of Mr Satheesh Noel Gobidass, 31, who died following a brawl on July 2.

The others are: Natalie Siow Yu Zhen, 22; Loo Boon Chong, 25; Tan Sen Yang, 27; Joel Tan Yun Sheng, 26; Chan Jia Xing, 26; and Ang Da Yuan, also 26.

On July 11, Tan Hong Sheng, along with Loo and Chan, had their charges reclassified to that of consorting with a person carrying an offensive weapon in a public place.

The trio were then released on bail.

According to court documents, they were in the company of Tan Sen Yang, who is said to have had a foldable "kerambit" knife in his possession at the Naughty Girl Club on the second storey of Orchard Towers at 5.46am on July 2.

The weapon is a curved knife resembling a claw.

Loo and Chan turned up in court yesterday and had their cases adjourned to Sept 12.

Tan Hong Sheng's lawyer Josephus Tan from Invictus Law Corporation told District Judge Christopher Goh that his client's mother had filed a police report earlier this week.

The nature of the report was not mentioned in court but the mother, who had posted bail for her son, was given 48 hours to locate him.

His passport had earlier been impounded.

 
 
 

Tan Hong Sheng's mother has to return to court in October to explain what happened and why the $15,000 bail should not be forfeited.

The brawl was captured by cameras placed outside a shop on the first floor of Orchard Towers.

The CCTV camera footage showed Mr Satheesh exchanging blows with some individuals before stumbling in front of the building's glass doors.

He appeared to be bleeding from his neck and the footage showed bystanders trying to help him.

He was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital but died at 7.25am.

Offenders convicted of murder will face the death penalty.

Those convicted of consorting with a person carrying an offensive weapon in a public place can be jailed for up to three years and receive at least six strokes of the cane.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 30, 2019, with the headline 'Orchard Towers murder: Man linked to case jumps bail'. Print Edition | Subscribe