SCDF officer in ragging case to claim trial

Nazhan Mohamed Nazi is said to have failed to prevent a group of servicemen from pressuring a full-time national serviceman to enter a 12m-deep pump well.
Nazhan Mohamed Nazi is said to have failed to prevent a group of servicemen from pressuring a full-time national serviceman to enter a 12m-deep pump well.
(From left) Adighazali Suhaimi, Mohamed Farid Mohamed Saleh and Kenneth Chong Chee Boon are allegedly linked to the case. Their pre-trial conference will be held on Oct 1.
Adighazali Suhaimi (above), Mohamed Farid Mohamed Saleh and Kenneth Chong Chee Boon are allegedly linked to the case. Their pre-trial conference will be held on Oct 1.ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW
(From left) Adighazali Suhaimi, Mohamed Farid Mohamed Saleh and Kenneth Chong Chee Boon are allegedly linked to the case. Their pre-trial conference will be held on Oct 1.
Adighazali Suhaimi, Mohamed Farid Mohamed Saleh (above) and Kenneth Chong Chee Boon are allegedly linked to the case. Their pre-trial conference will be held on Oct 1.ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW
(From left) Adighazali Suhaimi, Mohamed Farid Mohamed Saleh and Kenneth Chong Chee Boon are allegedly linked to the case. Their pre-trial conference will be held on Oct 1.
Adighazali Suhaimi, Mohamed Farid Mohamed Saleh and Kenneth Chong Chee Boon (above) are allegedly linked to the case. Their pre-trial conference will be held on Oct 1.ST PHOTOS: WONG KWAI CHOW
Corporal Kok Yuen Chin was found unconscious at the bottom of a pump well in May.
Corporal Kok Yuen Chin was found unconscious at the bottom of a pump well in May.

He allegedly failed to prevent actions of servicemen that led to NSF's death

A Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) officer, who was allegedly involved in a ragging incident that led to the death of a full-time national serviceman (NSF) in May, intends to claim trial.

Yesterday, a district court heard that the pre-trial conference of Nazhan Mohamed Nazi, 40, will be held on Oct 1.

The first senior warrant officer is accused of intentionally aiding a group of servicemen to cause grievous hurt to Corporal Kok Yuen Chin, 22, by performing a rash act between 9pm and 9.07pm on May 13.

Nazhan is said to have failed to prevent the servicemen from pressuring Cpl Kok to enter a 12m-deep pump well at the Tuas View Fire Station in Tuas South Avenue 3.

Nazhan is represented by lawyer Singa Retnam.

The pre-trial conference for three other SCDF officers who are allegedly linked to the case will also be held on Oct 1.

They are: Adighazali Suhaimi, 32; Mohamed Farid Mohamed Saleh, 34, and Kenneth Chong Chee Boon, 38.

 
 
 

Adighazali, a staff sergeant, is accused of intentionally obstructing the course of justice, while Farid, a first warrant officer, allegedly abetted a rash act causing death.

Chong, a lieutenant, is accused of abetting a rash act.

In July, the court heard that a fifth SCDF officer, Mohammad Nur Fatwa Mahmood, 33, intends to plead guilty to the two charges against him.

The staff sergeant will be back in court on Sept 25.

Nur Fatwa allegedly committed a rash act causing death and is said to have abetted the obstruction of the course of justice by instigation.

The Straits Times reported earlier that the five men are SCDF regulars.

On May 13, Cpl Kok was celebrating his impending operationally ready date with his squad mates when he got into the pump well as part of ragging activities.

The Singapore permanent resident from Malaysia, who was due to complete his service two days later, was subsequently found unconscious at the bottom of the well.

A Board of Inquiry was convened to look into Cpl Kok's death and to make recommendations to prevent similar incidents.

Following the death, the SCDF beefed up its anti-ragging measures, including installing a metal grating across the openings of fire station pump wells to prevent unauthorised access.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 04, 2018, with the headline 'SCDF officer in ragging case to claim trial'. Print Edition | Subscribe