Vietnamese national faces two extra charges in Shell oil theft case

Nguyen Duc Quang now faces two more charges of dishonestly receiving stolen oil.
Nguyen Duc Quang now faces two more charges of dishonestly receiving stolen oil.PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - Two fresh charges of abetting to dishonestly receive stolen gas oil were filed against a Vietnamese national on Tuesday (Jan 16).

Nguyen Duc Quang, 46, together with Dang Van Hanh, 37, was charged last week with abetment by conspiracy to dishonestly receive stolen 1,260 tonnes of gas oil worth $687,960 at Pulau Bukom's Wharf 5 on Jan 7 this year.

The charge further states that the oil was transferred from Pulau Bukom to a vessel, Prime South.

Quang now faces two more charges of dishonestly receiving stolen oil.

He allegedly received 1,276 tonnes of gas oil valued at US$653,733 at Pulau Bukom's Wharf 3 on Oct 23 last year.

Earlier, on Oct 2, he is alleged to have received 1,131 tonnes of gas oil worth US$579,445.

On both occasions, the oil was said to have been transferred from Pulau Bukom to Prime South.

The duo have been remanded for another week at Central Police Division, pending further investigations.

They will appear in court on Monday afternoon when the case of the nine Singaporeans charged in connection with oil theft from Shell will be mentioned.

Meanwhile, the case of another Vietnamese national, Doan Xuan Than, 46, charged with dishonestly receiving 1,348 tonnes of gas oil worth $736,445 on New Year's Eve will be mentioned on Thursday. The stolen oil, according to the charge, was transferred from Pulau Bukom to the vessel MT Gaea.

Also appearing in court on Thursday will be Alan Tan Cheng Chuan, 45, and Ng Hock Teck, 54. Both are accused of abetting in a conspiracy to dishonestly receive 300 tonnes of oil worth $160,000 which were transferred from Pulau Bukom to a vessel called Sentek 26 on Nov 11 last year.