Man accused of kidnapping supermarket boss' mother deemed fit to make plea
- POSTED: 28 Feb 2014 12:21
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.