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Man accused of kidnapping supermarket boss' mother deemed fit to make plea

One of the two men accused of kidnapping the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket chain's boss has been deemed fit to make a plea.

SINGAPORE: One of the two men accused of kidnapping the mother of Sheng Siong supermarket chain's boss has been deemed fit to make a plea.

The court heard that Lee Sze Yong is of sound mind after a psychiatric evaluation by the Institute of Mental Health.

The 41-year-old is accused of abducting 79-year-old Madam Ng Lye Poh along Hougang Ave 2 on January 8 between 10.30am and 1.02pm.

Lee allegedly did so together with 50-year-old Heng Chen Boon.

On January 8, Mr Lim Hock Chee, who is the CEO of Sheng Siong supermarket chain, made a police report about a phone call he had received from an unknown person.

The caller had demanded a ransom of S$20 million for the return of his mother, Madam Ng.

She was unhurt and released after a S$2 million ransom was paid.

Lee's case will be mentioned again on April 1.

The highest penalty for kidnapping is death, or life imprisonment and caning.

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